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Peter King: Holder Defying Congress With Missed Deadline

By    |   Thursday, 06 Jun 2013 09:32 AM

Attorney General Eric Holder is in a "precarious position because he is basically defying the Congress" after missing a Wednesday deadline from a House committee chairman to explain possible contradictory statements in his testimony before the panel last month, Rep. Peter King says.

The New York Republican, in an interview with Fox News' Greta Van Susteren, said that Holder's testimony before the House Judiciary Committee was "at least a misstatement."

"There's certainly a contradiction," he said on Wednesday. "At worst, there's perjury."

House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte requested that Holder explain his testimony on May 15 that "potential prosecution of the press" for disclosing classified material is "not something that I've ever been involved in."

Days later, reports surfaced that Holder had approved a search warrant application that called Fox News reporter James Rosen a co-conspirator in a leak investigation.

"The fact the deadline has been missed I would expect them to take strong action." King said. "I don't want to be telling Chairman Goodlatte what to do, but if I were Eric Holder, I would think right now that I'm in a very precarious position because he is basically defying the Congress."

The Justice Department sent a letter to the House Judiciary Committee on Monday, insisting that Holder testified accurately before the committee, but Holder himself didn't respond to the committee's deadline.

King said that response won't do, since it was written by Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Peter Kadzik.

"The fact is, [Holder] is the one who testified. It was not the subordinate. We're talking about his testimony. We're not talking about some legal interpretation here. We're talking about his interpretation of his testimony. A subordinate cannot give that," King said.
King said that by missing the deadline "Holder leaves himself open to a subpoena. He leaves himself open to charges of contempt of Congress."

"By trying to give a good faith explanation as to what happened, at least he would show that he's willing to work with Congress, he's willing to admit he at the very least made a mistake and he wants to start over," King said. "But absent that, I think the waters are poisoned."

King said that Holder's loss of credibility "weakens the administration."

"With so much legislation coming up that is going to involve the Justice Department, including any type of immigration bill, how the president expects to get his agenda forward or hopes to move it forward or deal with Congress in good faith -- so long as Eric Holder is in that position, is going to be very difficult," King said.



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