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Accusation at House Judiciary Committee questioning of Eric Holder: Your conduct has been unacceptable and shameful

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By Doug Powers  •  May 15, 2013 05:49 PM

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“Unacceptable” and “shameful.” Those were two words used at today’s House Judiciary Committee questioning of Eric “I only know what I read in the papers” Holder.

It should be noted that those accusations weren’t directed toward Holder, but rather made by him in reference to Rep. Darrell Issa’s line of questioning.

The charge came after an aggressive exchange about Labor Secretary nominee Tom Perez, whom Republicans say acted inappropriately during his time at the Justice Department.

“I am not going to stop talking now,” Holder countered as Issa objected to the attorney general’s attempts to interject.

“It is inappropriate and too consistent with the way in which you conduct yourself as a member of Congress,” Holder said. “It is unacceptable. It is shameful.”

Pot, meet kettle:

Meanwhile, the uproar over the Justice Department’s broad secret subpoena of AP records has prompted the Obama administration to attempt to jump-start legislation that would protect reporters from, well, the Obama administration:

The Obama administration sought on Wednesday to revive legislation that would provide greater protections to reporters from penalties for refusing to identify confidential sources, and that would enable journalists to ask a federal judge to quash subpoenas for their phone records, a White House official said.

The official said that President Obama’s Senate liaison, Ed Pagano, called Senator Charles E. Schumer, Democrat of New York, who is a chief proponent of a so-called media shield law, on Wednesday morning and asked him to reintroduce a bill that he had pushed in 2009.

Final word:

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