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June 4, 2013

Being Eric Holder

President Barack Obama has been mocked for learning about untoward conduct in his administration from the press. But he’s on the ball compared with his attorney general, who wouldn’t know about his own poor judgment without reading about it in the papers.

Let’s hope he has a Google alert set for “Eric Holder.”

The website The Daily Beast interviewed the attorney general and Justice Department officials for a piece about how the AG is holding up in the firestorm over two controversial Justice Department leak investigations, one into The Associated Press, the other into Fox News reporter James Rosen.

The Daily Beast piece pinpoints when Eric Holder had a crisis of conscience leading him to question his leak-investigating ways. The Washington Post had made inquiries at the Justice Department about the investigation into Rosen stemming from a 2009 leak, and the department's press office had begun to ready itself for the storm. For Eric Holder, though, “the gravity of the situation didn’t fully sink in until Monday morning when he read the Post’s front-page story, sitting at his kitchen table.”

Then, the awful realization hit him that maybe it wasn’t such a great idea for him to sign off on an affidavit portraying a member of the press — particularly a member of the press from a news organization scorned and attacked by the White House — as practically an agent of a foreign power. Perhaps it wasn’t so wise, after all, to identify Rosen as a “co-conspirator” in a crime. Come to think of it, it might have been ill-advised to track his movements in and out of the State Department building that he covered and to read his e-mails.

Yes, Eric Holder was beginning to wonder whether Eric Holder had made the right call. Eric Holder is typically very supportive of Eric Holder, but in this case, Eric Holder had his doubts.

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