Attorney General Eric Holder felt “a creeping sense of personal remorse,” aides say, after it was revealed last Monday that the Department of Justice had seized a Fox News reporter’s personal emails.
The Daily Beast reported Tuesday that the weight of a “press feeding frenzy” forced Holder to reconcile his progressive views with his direct involvement in orchestrating the investigation against Fox’s James Rosen.
In 2009, Holder personally signed off on the affidavit used to justify the seizure of Rosen’s communications in a leak investigation.
As a part of the “damage-control” the Department of Justice is now undertaking, Holder will meet with “major media organizations” as early as Tuesday, the Beast reports, to discuss ways to update relevant DOJ policies.
“This is an opportunity for the department to consider how we strike the right balance between the interests of law enforcement and freedom of the press,” Holder told the Beast.