Reacting to Attorney General Eric Holder’s testimony denying that he was involved in the decision to target Fox News reporter James Rosen, Representative Darrell Issa was harsh, suggesting it was implausible that Holder had forgotten he had authorized the Rosen warrant.
“He certainly could have been more candid if he remembered, and he should have remembered,” Issa told CNN this morning about Holder’s congressional testimony.
“It would be kind to say he misled Congress,” Issa said later, when pressed about whether Holder had lied to Congress. “It would be less kind, and more accurate, to say that would rise to be a lie by most people’s standards. By the American’s people standard, you don’t sign a warrant and then pretend you wouldn’t know about it, it wouldn’t come to you.”
Issa noted that perjury is a serious charge, but indicated that he had little reason to believe Holder was telling the truth. “It’s hard to have confidence in what this attorney general says or his people say when so often it turns out not to be true,” he said.
Earlier in the interview, Issa noted, “This is somebody who should have given us the truth in the ATF Fast and Furious situation. Instead, he’s using the court to slow down that process.”
Asked if Holder should resign, Issa responded, “That’s up to the president.”