Eric Holder
Attorney General Eric Holder prepares to testify Wednesday on Capitol Hill.
(J. Scott Applewhite/Associated Press)

Attorney General Eric Holder, testifying on Capitol Hill, just told a House committee, for the umpteenth time, that he knows nothing of the facts regarding the secret subpoena of the Associated Press’s phone records. He has recused himself from the case. Perhaps sensing that his questioners on the House Judiciary Committee were growing tired of his unfamiliarity with the nitty-gritty of the story, however, Holder held out a bizarre offer.

Once the whole story is finished, said the attorney general, he “can be back involved in it,” essentially ending his recusal. At that point he pledges to launch himself into an “after-action analysis” of AP v. Department of Justice. Holder pledged, “I would engage in such an analysis.”

Just a little fact-checking point here: We are already – right now – in the after-action phase of this story, thanks to the actions of the U.S. Department of Justice. The action was the secret subpoena of the AP’s phone records, a development of which the AP, and the rest of the world, became aware after it occurred. So any analysis that Holder would spearhead sometime in the future must be designated “after-after-action analysis.”

Erik Wemple writes the Erik Wemple blog, where he reports and opines on media organizations of all sorts.