Poll: Do you think Attorney General Holder committed perjury?

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Did Attorney General Eric Holder commit perjury when he testified before the House Judiciary hearing on oversight held May 15?

Statement of Facts:

On May 15, Holder was invited to testify before Congress after the disclosure that two months of telephone records belonging to Associated Press reporters and offices were seized by the Department of Justice. Holder was sworn in before he was questioned.

When Rep. Hank Johnson’s turn for questioning came up, the Georgia Democrat threw the attorney general a softball by bringing up the possibility of the DOJ prosecuting reporters. Holder answered, in part, “This is not something I’ve ever been involved in, heard of, or would think would be wise policy.”

On May 19, The Washington Post reported that both phone records and the private emails of Fox News Washington correspondent James Rosen were seized pursuant to a search warrant. The affidavit supporting the warrant referred to Rosen as a “flight risk,” and accused him of being an “aider, abetter and/or criminal co-conspirator.”

On May 23 NBC reported the Department of Justice’s confirmation that Eric Holder’s original signature appeared on the documents requesting the search warrant directed against Rosen.

Application of Law:

LegalDictionary.com defines perjury as, “A crime that occurs when an individual willfully makes a false statement during a judicial proceeding, after he or she has taken an oath to speak the truth.”

Applying the elements of the crime to the facts, there’s no question but that Holder testified under oath.

For purposes of determining the existence of perjury, a congressional hearing may be considered a “judicial proceeding.”

There’s no question but that Holder’s testimony was not the truth. Prosecuting lawyers obviously was “something [he’d] been involved in, heard of, [and] would think would be wise policy.”

The case rests on the word “willfully.” Did Holder willfully lie to Congress or did he simply forget? The Rosen search warrant was, after all, obtained almost four years before he testified. On the other hand, even if he couldn’t recall this particular event, he also testified that he didn’t think going after journalists “would be wise policy.” Obviously he did consider it wise policy — he did it.

Conclusion:

How would you decide?

Comments

15 thoughts on “Poll: Do you think Attorney General Holder committed perjury?

  1. PoppaJohn818 says:

    Among other things, like racism, fast & furious, not fulfilling his sworn duty to uphold the Constitution & extreme bias

  2. alphagal says:

    Sadly, you are right. This administration has brainwashed the American people with Hollywood friends, showing up on late night shows, and checks in the mail. We are in a sad state and this, too, will become a non-issue. We are on a downhill slide in the USA….so sad.

  3. alphagal says:

    They are 'duped' because they want to be. To be against this administration makes you a racist (in their eyes), so they will defend to the end. They can never admit that PresBO and his cronies are corrupt, that would just be 'wrong'. If he were Caucasian or Republican it would be a completely different story. They are blinded by the handouts and the shmoozing with Beyonce….duped, or just unwilling to look at what's directly in front of them? You decide.

  4. Patroit says:

    Tim, your words are sad but true! Let us pray to God that, those who cannot see the truth when in is right in front of them will soon wake up and realize how Obama is taking away everything that made our country so great and slowly replacing it with a Socialist Government with him in complete control of all our lives.

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