(The Hill) Former Obama campaign adviser David Axelrod and Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) on Friday spoke out in defense of embattled Attorney General Eric Holder, saying that the Justice Department's surveillance of reporters was justified by the executive branch's responsibility to protect national security secrets.
Speaking on MSNBC's "Jansing & Co.," Van Hollen was asked if Holder should resign.
"Of course not. The attorney general has not in any way broken the law,” he said. "There are questions about whether or not these investigations were conducted in the most sensitive way … but the reality is the White House, the executive branch, all of us, have an obligation to make sure that important and sensitive national security information that can put lives at risk is not leaked, and we can do that, I think consistent with the very important First Amendment right and the rights of the press.”
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