Political Headlines June 8, 2012: Attorney General Eric Holder Appoints 2 to Lead National Security Leaks Investigation

POLITICAL HEADLINES

OBAMA PRESIDENCY & THE 112TH CONGRESS:

THE HEADLINES….

IN FOCUS: AG HOLDER APPOINTS 2 US ATTORNEYS TO LEAD NATIONAL SECURITY LEAKS INVESTIGATION

“They’re intentionally leaking information to enhance President Obama’s image as a tough guy for the elections. That is unconscionable.” — Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz.

“These two highly-respected and experienced prosecutors will be directing separate investigations currently being conducted by the FBI. I have every confidence in their abilities to doggedly follow the facts and the evidence in the pursuit of justice wherever it leads…. They are fully authorized to prosecute criminal violations discovered as a result of their investigations and matters related to those violations, consult with members of the Intelligence Community and follow all appropriate investigative leads within the Executive and Legislative branches of government.” — Attorney General Eric Holder

Holder Appoints 2 US Attorneys to Lead Leaks Probe: Two US attorneys are taking over separate FBI investigations into leaks of national security information that critics have accused the White House of orchestrating to improve President Barack Obama’s re-election chances, a claim Obama calls “offensive” … AP, ABC News, 6-9-12

  • Holder Directs US Attorneys to See if Leaks Broke the Law: Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. on Friday assigned two United States attorneys to lead separate criminal investigations into recent disclosures to the news media of national security secrets, saying they were authorized to “follow all…. – NYT, 6-8-12
  • Attorney General Eric Holder names attorneys to investigate leaks: Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. has appointed two US attorneys to lead investigations into the possible White House leak of classified information, even as President Obama challenged suggestions that his administration was involved in such…. WaPo, 6-9-12
  • Eric Holder names Ronald Machen and Rod Rosenstein to probe leaks: Attorney General Eric Holder on Friday named two federal prosecutors to oversee investigations into leaks of classified information that have roiled Congress and led to calls for a special prosecutor…. – Politico, 6-8-12
  • Holder appoints 2 prosecutors to lead leak probes: Attorney General Eric Holder on Friday appointed two US attorneys to lead a pair of criminal investigations into possible unauthorized disclosures of classified information, authorizing the two prosecutors to follow all appropriate investigative leads … LAT, 6-8-12
  • Holder taps two US prosecutors to investigate leaks: Attorney General Eric Holder late Friday afternoon appointed two US attorneys to lead separate investigations into unauthorized leaks of classified information, giving the two prosecutors full latitude to follow all potential leads…. – Washington Times, 6-8-12
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William Cronon: UW-Madison professor investigated for questionable emails

Source: Fourth Estate Newspaper, 4-20-11

email Photo by Tina Blahnik/Fourth Estate

Bill Cronon, professor of history, geography and environmental studies at UW-Madison, sent emails about the budget plan and received a request from the state for copies of them.

Bill Cronon, professor of history, geography and environmental studies at UW-Madison, recently received a public records request for emails sent over his school computer by a leading Grand Old Party official in Wisconsin.

Cronon said the request, made March 17, came less than two days after he had written his first blog, titled “Scholar as Citizen.”  The blog criticized the right-wing organization known as the American Legislative Exchange Council along with Gov. Scott Walker’s budget repair bill.   Cronon’s blog had immediate success in the few days it was created, a fact Cronon said likely brought the Wisconsin GOP to such quick action.

“Within two days, my blog received more than half a million hits, had been read by tens of thousands of people, had been linked by newspapers all over the U.S. and been visited by people from more than two dozen foreign countries,”  Cronon said.

According to a letter sent by GOP official Stephan Thompson to UW-Madison, the request asked for emails containing specific political keywords and phrases from as early as Jan. 1.  Some of the terms included were Scott Walker, union, Republican and the names of several Republican politicians.

UW-Green Bay Assistant to the Chancellor Daniel Spielmann said the request was made under Wisconsin’s open records law, a long-standing piece of legislation designed to provide government transparency to the public….READ MORE

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