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Eric Holder To Meet With Journalists Amid Criticism Over Justice Department’s Crackdown On Leaks

As Attorney General Eric Holder continues to be center of criticism amid the scandal involving the Justice Department’s actions against the Associated Press and Fox News’ James Rosen, POLITICO reported that he is set to meet with reporters to discuss the handling of leak investigations. The meetings will take place over the next few weeks.

Holder will speak with “several Washington bureau chiefs of national news organizations in the next two days as part of the review of existing Justice Department guidelines governing investigations that involve reporters,” a Justice Department official told POLITICO.

“During these sessions, the Attorney General will engage with a diverse and representative group of news media organizations, including print, wires, radio, television, online media and news and trade associations,” the official added. “Further discussions will include news media executives and general counsels as well as government experts in intelligence and investigative agencies.”

The outreach comes as Holder, and the Obama administration, continue to face a barrage of criticism about the approach toward the press. Additionally, The Hill reported yesterday that the House Judiciary Committee is examining whether Holder lied under oath when he said, during a congressional hearing, that he was never involved in any “potential prosecution” of the press.

(h/t POLITICO)

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