“This is certainly an overreach,” declared Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) on Sunday. Graham was speaking to FOX News about a special counsel to investigate the Justice Department’s subpoena of a Fox News reporter’s phone records.
More tongue-in-cheek than serious with his facetious comment, Graham said “the attorney general cannot impartially review a decision that he approved.”
A point widely agreed upon with those in Washington looking for the truth.
“This is clearly an overreach,” Graham said on “Fox News Sunday.”
Graham went on to say the Fox News scandal is quite different from the Justice Department’s obtaining records from Associated Press reporters. Those investigating the FOX reporter, James Rosen, labeled him a “co-conspirator” in the espionage case through an affidavit to justify obtaining phone and email records.
As Graham put it, “James Rosen is a lot of things, but a criminal co-conspirator he is not. We’re beginning to criminalize journalism and I think that should worry us all.”
Although President Obama has “ordered” Attorney General Holder to “investigate” the “Fox News matter,” Holder has already admitted to signing off on the Rosen records’ request.
It’s the analogy of the fox watching the chicken coup.
Republican Sen. Tom Coburn of Oklahoma, respected on both sides of the aisle for his bi-partisanship, said on Bob Schiffer’s “Face the Nation” that Holder should “not be allowed to investigate himself. I think it’s a total conflict of interest. I certainly think we need to separate it from the authority of the attorney general since the decisions were made either by him, or under him, and I don’t think he can investigate himself.”
It appears that many Democrats and most of the press agree.
Democrats have united with Republicans in criticizing the Justice Department’s investigation of the news agencies records to determine the sources of leaks about stories involving North Korea and a planned terrorist attack on the United States.
That in itself is a total 180 degree turnaround itself from the last four plus years of the Obama presidency.
There are those that hold out as they did in the Watergate scandal.
Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL), a staunch defender of the president, told Fox News’ host Chris Wallace he thought the appointment of an independent counsel should be appointed, but declined to make any demands.
Strong political ammunition for those seeking further Congressional hearings to move forward when one of the most partisan Democrats, along with Sen. Charles Schummer of New York, remain relatively silent.
Sen. Schummer disclosed a key element of the proposed bill to “shield” the media that will likely be a deal-breaker for national reporters (specifically) that includes a “balancing test” (whatever that means defining the Constitution and the free press) that gives judges the authority to “determine which is more important when determining search warrants, the government’s desire to find out who leaked the information, or freedom of the press.”
“If we can set up these rules I think we can avoid the morass,” Schummer said.
Older Americans have heard these words before 40 years-ago.
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