The New York Times and the Associated Press refused to attend a meeting with Attorney General Eric Holder today to discuss tightening rules on warrants and subpoenas for reporters' records as part of leak investigations because the Justice Department said the session is off the record. Times executive editor Jill Abramson said, “It isn't appropriate for us to attend an off-the-record meeting with the attorney general. Our Washington bureau is aggressively covering the department's handling of leak investigations at this time.” Martin Baron, executive editor of the Washington Post, told the Times that while he would prefer the meeting be on the record, he would go “in order to represent our interests as journalists and to raise our concerns. I'll also listen to what the attorney general has to say. I trust that our journalists will report on this as vigorously as they would any other subject.”
Meanwhile some Republicans have accused Holder of misleading Congress in testimony over whether the Justice Department has considered prosecuting journalists under the Espionage Act for publishing government secrets. House Judiciary Committee chairman Robert Goodlatte (R-VA) and Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI), expressed “great concern” about Holder's testimony to the committee this month, saying it “appeared to be at odds” with court documents that have come to light involving a warrant for e-mails of James Rosen, a Fox News reporter.