Evidently Eric Holder may be a closet Catholic. It sure looks like he was counting on the sanctity of the confessional when he invited representatives from the news media to an off-the-record meeting.
During the get-together he evidently planned to deliver a mea minimal culpa regarding his involvement in the targeting of Fox News and The Associated Press; and the Justice Department’s branding Fox correspondent James Rosen as a criminal “co-conspirator” so gumshoes could get a subpoena to snoop through his personal email account.
The reason Holder is now attempting to meet with reporters, instead of surreptitiously collecting DNA samples, is that word leaked on his media surveillance program. For Obama’s cheerleaders in the mainstream media, it’s one thing to have the IRS secretly leak conservative’s tax information to leftist opponents, and quite another to investigate journalists for publishing leaks.
“Off the record,” for nonjournalists in the audience, means the reporters in attendance could not report on any conversations held during the meeting or share any new information with readers. These ground rules really take the pressure off Holder, who is rapidly closing in on Vice President Joe Biden as the most gaffe-tastic member of the administration.
So it’s not surprising that Fox, AP, The New York Times, CNN, Huffington Post, and CBS all said "Thanks, but no thanks" when Holder sent the invitation. These outlets want any meeting on the record.
I suppose you can’t blame Holder for being gun-shy (am I allowed use that word in relation to a member of the Obama administration?) regarding on-the-record statements. In his testimony before the House of Representatives, Holder claimed that he was as uninformed as the president when it came to the actions of the Obama administration, and he personally had no knowledge of any “potential prosecution” of media members.
But House Judiciary Committee Chairman Rep. Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., says the Fox news case obviously contradicts Holder’s testimony, which now has the whiff of perjury about it. For his part, Holder is relying on the Humpty Dumpty Defense (“When I use a word, it means just what I choose it to mean, neither more nor less.”) and claiming that “potential prosecution” really means Holder didn’t loan the FBI his set of gold-plated handcuffs.
The irony of the situation is that now at least some members of the media are as suspicious of Holder as conservatives have been from the beginning. Let’s hope the suspicion and the pressure continues. Because the bottom line is America will not feel safe until Eric Holder is gone.
Michael Reagan is the son of President Ronald Reagan. He is the founder and chairman of The Reagan Group and president of The Reagan Legacy Foundation. Read more reports from Michael Reagan — Click Here Now.