Attorney General Eric Holder told the press on Tuesday that his Department of Justice obtained two months worth of records of telephonic communications from the Associated Press in order to identify a leak of grave importance. Holder said that, while he could not go into details, it was “not hyperbole” to say that the leak “put the American people at risk.”
Holder announced on Tuesday that he was recused from the case regarding the obtainment of the AP’s phone records. He informed the press that he believed that those records were obtained in accordance with “DOJ rules.”
When asked if he understood why members of the media would find the records seizure “troubling,” Holder replied that the leak they are trying to plug was “very, very serious.”
“I’ve been a prosecutor since 1976, and I have to say that this is among, if not the most serious – it’s in the top two or three – most serious leaks that I’ve ever seen,” Holder added. “It put the American people at risk. And that is not hyperbole.”
“Trying to determine who was responsible for that, I think, required very aggressive action,” the attorney general concluded.
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