The House Judiciary Committee holds an oversight hearing for the Department of Justice. Attorney General Eric Holder testifies on Wednesday, May 15, 2103. Eric Holder told a congressional hearing that he was recused from a federal investigation of classified leaks and therefore lacked any information on how the Department of Justice drafted a subpoena of Associated Press phone records related to an AP story that said a terrorist plot in Yemen to bomb an airplane had been thwarted. The DOJ's regulations covering subpoenas allow the government to do what it did only in the case of "a substantial threat to the integrity of the investigation."
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Attorney General Eric Holder said Monday the United States "must confront the reality" that once "people of color" are in the criminal justice system, they "often face harsher punishments than their peers.
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Holder under fire for phone records, subpoenas
Attorney General Eric Holder, a political lightning rod for Republican critics of the Obama administration, is under fire for two cases involving secret subpoenas or searches for phone records and other information of journalists involved in reports about leaked classified information.