WASHINGTON D.C. – Attorney General Eric Holder personally signed off on the search warrant of Fox News reporter James Rosen’s emails,Â NBC reports.
The warrant named Rosen a â€œpossible co-conspiratorâ€ in violation of the Espionage Act for obtaining leaked classified information from a Pentagon source. Rosen has not been charged.
The revelation came on the same day President Barack Obama said in a speech that he had ordered Holder to review the Justice Department’s standards for investigating cases that involve journalists.
“I am troubled by the possibility that leak investigations may chill the investigative journalism that holds government accountable,” Obama said in the speech. “Journalists should not be at legal risk for doing their jobs.”
A law enforcement official told NBC News of Holder’s personal involvement on Thursday. Holder has previously said that he recused himself from the AP phone records investigation since he had been a witness in the initial probe, but no one had previously indicated Holder’s role in the Rosen case.
“It was approved at the highest levels — and I mean the highest,” the law enforcement official told NBC, speaking on condition of anonymity. He told the news organization that he included Holder in that statement.