November 26, 2014

Graham hammers Holder on White House leaks

Graham in Judiciary hearing Tuesday

Senator Lindsey Graham took U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to task Tuesday as the Judiciary Committee investigates White House leaks about anti-terrorist activity.

The New York Times published stories revealed U.S. cyber-activity against Iran, and behind-the-scenes information about drone strikes.

Graham is calling for an independent attorney to look into how top-secret information got to the media.

“Quite frankly I am very disturbed about the inability to get information regarding programs that are embarrassing and the tendency of this administration to tell the whole world about things that good,” said Graham.

Holder appointed two U.S. Attorneys to look into the leaks, but Graham disapproves.

“I’m asking you, for your legacy and the good of the country, to reconsider your decision and appoint somebody that all of us have confidence in,” said Graham in Tuesday’s Judiciary hearing.

“You’re handling it in a way that creates suspicions where they should not be, and all I’m asking for is for you to find a lawyer in this country that all of us could say, virtually all of us could say, that is the right person to do this job. Rather than you pick two people and tell us how great they are. I don’t know them from Adam’s housecat.”

Holder is already facing criticism from the Republican majority House for the botched gun smuggling investigation known as “Fast and Furious.” One of his top critics there is SC 4th District Congressman Trey Gowdy, a former prosecutor.

On Wednesday, Gowdy’s  House Oversight and Government Reform Committee will consider a report to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress.  The committee says  Holder has failed to produce documents requested in an October 12, 2011 subpoena.