LIVE: Attorney General Holder Faces Republicans’ Questions at Hearing

BY Katelyn Polantz  May 15, 2013 at 11:13 AM EDT


Video streaming by Ustream Attorney General Eric Holder may be the lone witness at a House Judiciary Committee hearing on oversight Wednesday. Watch a livestream of the hearing, which will begin at 1 p.m. EDT.

Attorney General Eric Holder faces political fire this week on his department’s seizure of Associated Press reporters’ phone records and its inquiry into the IRS’ investigations of conservative groups applying for tax exempt 501(c)(4) status.

At a press conference Tuesday, Attorney General Holder said he had no involvement in the leak probe in which the Department of Justice seized phone records of Associated Press reporters and editors. He also addressed questions about the recent investigation of the IRS’ targeting conservative groups applying for 501(c)(4) tax status. Watch the press conference or read a full transcript of his remarks.

Holder told press on Tuesday:

“I have been a prosecutor since 1976, and I have to say that this is among — if not the most serious, it’s within the top two or three most serious leaks that I have ever seen.”

At the House Judiciary Committee hearing, Holder will be forced to answer questions about the IRS controversy and DOJ seizures of journalists’ phone records from House members, including critical Republicans and chairman Bob Goodlatte, R-Va.

The committee said in a statement it also will ask about the politicization of the Justice Department, wasteful spending and the Boston marathon bombings.

Read more in Wednesday’s Morning Line.

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