Attorney General Eric Holder revealed that he recused himself into an investigation of the AP probe that led to phone records being subpoened.
Holder said Tuesday the leak “is among the most serious — top two or three — I’ve ever seen. It put the American people at risk, that is not hyperbole.”
Holder says he recused himself because he had been interviewed by the FBI on the AP leak in June. If Holder is telling the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth, then he is in the clear, and can stay on as Attorney General, albeit an embattled one. Many conservatives, however, are convinced we are one revelation away from a Holder resignation.
What's the over/under on timing of Eric Holder resignation? Tick tick tick...— Dr. Jeffrey Matthews (@JBMatthews) May 14, 2013
It's worth taking a moment to remember how the Bush Administration handled a similar situation. When former Ambassador Joseph Wilson cast doubt on their key piece of evidence that Iraq was working on a WMD, they outed Valerie Plame, his wife, as a CIA agent working abroad. That could have endangered her life (or at least led to a strange arrest involving wigs). I'm not saying the Obama Administration deserves no blame here, but give them a little credit for responding in a cautious way and not reflexively attacking their attackers. Also, leaning toward defense instead of offense explains why the Obama Administration was doing counterterrorism in Yemen instead of starting a ground war in Iraq.