Holder Has ‘Frank’ Talk About James Rosen Leak Case

Posted June 28, 2013 at 2:12pm

House Judiciary leaders had a “frank” discussion with Attorney General Eric H Holder Jr. on Friday regarding the investigation and ongoing prosecution of Stephen Jin-Woo Kim, a State Department security adviser who leaked information to Fox News correspondent James Rosen.

Holder met with House Judiciary leaders — Chairman Robert W. Goodlatte of Virginia, ranking Democrat John Conyers Jr. of Michigan, Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security and Investigations Subcommittee Chairman Jim Sensenbrenner of Wisconsin and ranking Democrat Robert C. Scott of Virginia — to discuss the investigation into email correspondence between Kim and Rosen and the issues surrounding the controversial seizure of reporter phone and email records.

“Today we had a frank discussion with Attorney General Holder about his testimony before the House Judiciary Committee and the search warrant for James Rosen’s emails,” read a joint statement from the leaders.

The press release said they “felt it was prudent” to hold a private meeting with Holder.

“The private meeting afforded us the opportunity to ask Attorney General Holder substantive questions about the ongoing prosecution and the relationship between Mr. Kim and Mr. Rosen that he would not have been able to answer in a public setting,” said the press release.

The leaders said they intend to issue a report outlining their findings.

Court documents revealed in May that the Justice Department secured a search warrant for Rosen’s phone and email records while investigating a State Department leak about North Korea’s nuclear threats. The Justice Department obtained the search warrant by asserting that Rosen was a possible “aider, abettor and/or co-conspirator” in the alleged leak.

— Cristina Marcos contributed to this report.