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Andrew McBride Featured in NPR Segment on U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder

NPR’s “Morning Edition”
June 10, 2013

Andrew G. McBride, co-chair of Wiley Rein’s Appellate Practice, spoke with NPR’s “Morning Edition” for a June 6 radio segment on the controversy surrounding U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and his department’s investigations of leaks to the media.

Republicans on the U.S. House Judiciary Committee are looking into whether Mr. Holder gave false testimony last month, when he told the panel he had never been involved in prosecuting a member of the news media for disclosing classified material. It was later revealed that Mr. Holder had approved court papers referring to a Fox News reporter as a possible co-conspirator in a national security leak case, according to NPR’s report.

“I don't think there's any issue about perjury, and I think that's pure politics,” said Mr. McBride, a 10-year veteran of the U.S. Justice Department who served under Attorneys General Dick Thornburgh and William Barr. “The president's right about that.”

But he added that congressional Republicans do have legitimate concerns about Mr. Holder’s treatment of journalists, particularly with regard to a separate leak case in which the Justice Department obtained Associated Press reporters’ phone records. The agency approved that subpoena through an internal process without involving a judge or any neutral arbiter, Mr. McBride told NPR.

“I think the larger question for the American people and our First Amendment freedoms really [is]: Is it time to give up the idea that the department can police itself on the issue of media subpoenas?” Mr. McBride said.

To listen to the NPR segment featuring Mr. McBride, click here.