Bombshell: Ryan Lizza reports that DOJ fought to conceal warrant from James Rosen


In an explosive new bombshell report, the New Yorker’s Ryan Lizza claims that the Obama administration deliberately kept Fox News reporter James Rosen in the dark about the warrant to search through his personal emails.

“A lengthy period of time”? What does that mean? And shouldn’t the DOJ have at least given Rosen the courtesy of telling him that they’d be combing through his personal communications?

U.S. Attorney Ronald C. Machen, Jr., didn’t seem to think so. According to Lizza, unsealed court documents reveal that Machen did not want Rosen to know he was being monitored.

He argued that disclosure of the search warrant would preclude the government from monitoring the account, should such a step become necessary in the investigation. Machen added that “some investigations are continued for many years because, while the evidence is not yet sufficient to bring charges, it is sufficient to have identified criminal subjects and/or criminal activity serious enough to justify continuation of the investigation.”

Machen insisted the investigation would be compromised if Rosen was informed of the warrant, and also asked the court to order Google not to notify Rosen that the company had handed over Rosen’s e-mails to the government. Rosen, according to recent reports, did not learn that the government seized his e-mail records until it was reported in the Washington Post last week.

More from Lizza’s report:

The new documents show that two judges separately declared that the Justice Department was required to notify Rosen of the search warrant, even if the notification came after a delay. Otherwise: “The subscriber therefore will never know, by being provided a copy of the warrant, for example, that the government secured a warrant and searched the contents of her e-mail account,” Judge John M. Facciola wrote in an opinion rejecting the Obama Administration’s argument.

Per Lizza, Machen apparently got his way after appealing the decision.

Department of Injustice.

This is downright chilling.



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  • BlahBlah

    We’ve got everything under control. Holder will get to the bottom of Holder. Carry on.

    • Jeremy

      Yeah a crook investigating a crook no problem here *wink*

      • angeleyez

        Is Obama in over his head ?
        ▲ YES ▲YES

        • Jay Stevens

          C. All of the above.

    • Spatial Awareness

      I can’t wait to see how Holder is going to “punish” himself.

      • BlahBlah

        Well seeing how there’s no one higher than him he can’t really promote himself. But make himself AG for life?

      • Michelle

        Punish himself? That would first require an admission something wrong had been done. It’s Eric Holder for Pete’s Sake – he does no wrong!

        • Spatial Awareness

          He’ll probably “punish” himself with a raise in salary or a mansion in Hawaii.

      • lukuj

        Perhaps with a paid leave or a raise?

  • shimauma

    barry hussien’s gestapo not pulling any punches. I wonder if the media lapdogs understand that they are next?

    • BlahBlah


    • detroit19

      They are not smart/aware enough to understand.

    • Squirrel!

      I am doubting the AP & Fox/Rosen are the only ones. I guess time will tell (the DOJ sure won’t).

      • DanStlMo

        Exactly, there is a lot more on the list and it will come out.

  • Michael Anderson (WB)

    Seems like that question needs to be asked of the President: “Is this still America?!”

    • Michelle

      His answer will be, “Yes, it’s the America I had in mind.”

      • sgreen516

        This is what O meant by “fundamental change”. Anyone who didn’t see this coming was being willfully blind

  • detroit19

    I weep for my country :'(

  • Steve

    Sounds like DOJ was writing its own laws, then going down the list do judges till they found one that concurred. Went through a lot of trouble..we still don’t know for what.

  • waltercwy

    I’m wondering why the judge that signed off on this warrant isn’t pissed that he was played like a cheap violin. I would think signing a sworn affidavit that Rosen was some kind of criminal knowing full well he wasn’t would be fraud, or perjury or something criminal. Rather than taking the heat for signing the warrant, I would be trying to exonerate myself by charging the DOJ (including Holder) with a crime.

    • mickeyco

      I know nothing about the law, but can’t that judge or Rosen or Fox file a civil suit against the DoJ?

  • detroit19

    If there is ONE journalist out there who thinks it couldn’t happen to him/her? The dumb is strong, and I have no sympathy.

  • TocksNedlog

    So, they claim they had enough evidence to monitor him, with the goal of gathering enough evidence with which to charge him — and, to date, they have actually charged him with . . . NOTHING.

  • gekkobear

    They already called him a “flight risk”. That’s why it had to be secret in the first place.

    ‘It asked that the warrant be sealed — in other words, that Rosen not be
    told — because knowledge might “cause subjects to flee”!’

  • $30423294

    Well, it could be worse. We could have an Islamic supremacist in the White House targeting Jews.

    *nervous laugh*

  • Russell Haynes

    Eric Holder”of the truth”

  • Gallatin

    Save your commencement speeches baracky I see TYRANNY so I think I’ll keep my guns.

    • TexasMom2012

      More ammo por favor.

  • sodakhic

    I think we all better check with Google and see if our accounts have been tampered with. Anyone that has fostered an opposing opinion on Obama has been targeted.

    • HWarrior13

      Already cancelled my Google account, their cozy relationship with BO was just getting to creepy for me.

    • GaryTheBrave

      Do you believe they’ll honestly say if you have been a target?

      “Do no harm. ” Yeah, riiight!

  • littleones


  • JR48

    The Executive Branch of the federal government fought to have access to the private email of a private citizen whose job is to report on the White House.

    THAT is what this is all about. What stories are they researching at Fox News so that the White House has a head’s up…regarding potentially everything that Fox is doing before the fact.

    And in order to get it done, they lie and try to imply that the guy is some sort of spy.

    Because if you think that they really thought/think that Rosen is a spy, i’ve got some Louisiana swamp land to sell you.

  • docflash9

    Some investigations are more equal than others.

  • edward cropper

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  • neoface

    Who was the judge that signed that illegal search warrant???? Holder needs to be prosecuted for so many illegal acts, definitely has a jail cell with his name on it, if there is justice. Is there????

  • Will737

    A Federal Judge found that there was Probable Cause to believe that Rosen is a
    Criminal. If the Judge had not found that, no Warrant would have issued. The facts
    of the Warrant were sworn to by an FBI agent of specific expertise of well over
    5 years of experience in following the techniques used by the types of Criminals like James Rosen. That James Rosen should go to prison is certainly clear to me. But you don’t have to be a person who read his first Law Book at age 12 to come to this conclusion, you merely have to read the Warrant. Photos and pdf files of the originals of the Warrant are all over the web. It is in English. So you can read the Warrant and actually know what you are talking about, or you can be like some here
    and just say whatever stupid ignorant thing comes into your head. It’s your choice.