According to a report by NBC News investigative reporter Michael Isikoff, Attorney General Eric Holder signed off on the order to issue a warrant on Fox News reporter James Rosen’s communications records. The warrant allowed federal investigators to subpoena Rosen’s private emails as well as to look into his telephone records and those of his family members.RELATED: What About When The President Is Republican? Why Liberals Shouldn’t Dismiss The DOJ And IRS Scandals
Rosen, who has not been charged in the case, was nonetheless the target of a search warrant that enabled Justice Department investigators to secretly seized his private emails after an FBI agent said he had “asked, solicited and encouraged … (a source) to disclose sensitive United States internal documents and intelligence information.”
“It was approved at the highest levels– and I mean the highest,” said one anonymous law enforcement official.
“Justice officials have since said they do not intend to criminally charge Rosen, but media groups have condemned the issuance of the search warrant itself,” Isikoff writes.
Isikoff says that his requests for comments from the Department of Justice have not been returned.