Attempts by U.S. President Barack Obama’s Justice Department to spy on a Fox News reporter were rejected by two judges before a third finally agreed to sign off on the snooping. News of this “judge-shopping” – explicitly authorized by U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder – was originally exposed by Ryan Lizza of The New Yorker.
“New documents show that two judges separately declared that the Justice Department was required to notify (Fox News reporter James) Rosen of the search warrant, even if the notification came after a delay,” Lizza reports.
Eventually Royce C. Lamberth, the chief U.S. District Court judge in Washington, D.C. overturned those verdicts, though – enabling Holder’s goons to snoop on Rosen’s personal emails and track his movements.
Of course Rosen wasn’t merely spied on by Obama’s Justice Department, he was classified as an “aider, abettor and/or co-conspirator” in the leaking of classified information by a U.S. State Department official. In other words the Obama administration attempted to criminalize journalism …
Compounding Obama’s problem, news of this snooping scandal broke a week after it was revealed that the USDOJ conducted extensive snooping into the reporting activities of three Associated Press offices.
Scary stuff, people …
“The revelation that two courts denied the secret subpoena before Lamberth finally agreed will damage the narrative that there was nothing extraordinary or out-of-bounds about Holder’s attempt to delve into the private communications of Rosen and his employer,” Breitbart’s Larry O’Connor wrote.
We agree … Obama’s thugocracy simply kept pushing until it found a judge willing to do its bidding.