Report: Eric Holder feels remorse over Fox News case

Attorney General Eric Holder. (J. Scott Applewhite, Associated Press).
Attorney General Eric Holder. (J. Scott Applewhite, Associated Press).

Attorney General Eric Holder "felt a creeping sense of personal remorse" after reading the Washington Post's report on a Justice Department probe of Fox News reporter James Rosen, according to the Daily Beast. That story, combined with the news that the DOJ seized phone records from Associated Press reporters, has led him to question the current guidelines for leak investigations and his own personal decisions.

The attorney general told the Daily Beast that the cases "signal that both our laws and guidelines need to be updated.”

Holder recused himself from the AP case because he was interviewed as part of the leak investigation. But in the Fox News investigation he signed off on a search warrant for Rosen's e-mails.

President Obama said last Thursday that he has raised concerns with Holder that the DOJ is "overreaching." The attorney general is meeting with media executives and experts on media to work on reforming the subpoena regulations. Like Obama, Holder supports a federal media shield law. While such a law may not have changed the outcome of the AP case, it would have put the process in the hands of a judge.

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