Zachary Pleat: Fox Starts Campaign To Discredit Prosecutor In Leak Investigations

The Department of Justice has appointed two federal prosecutors to investigate whether classified national security information was leaked to the media and published in a series of recent news reports. As ABC News reported, Attorney General Eric Holder appointed “Ron Machen, the U.S. attorney for the District of Colombia, and Rod Rosenstein to lead the criminal investigations into recent leaks concerning a disrupted bomb plot by al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula and a New York Times story about President Obama ordering cyber-attacks against Iran with the Stuxnet computer worm.”

Taking a cue from Fox News, which has already declared the Obama administration guilty, Fox Nation is seeking to dismiss the investigation by calling into question Machen’s appointment because he has donated some $ 4,000 to the Obama campaign over the years:

Fox Nation’s post continued:

Attorney General Eric Holder has appointed two U.S. attorneys to lead investigations into the possible leaking of state secrets. One of those attorneys, Ronald C. Machen, owes his current job to the fact that Obama appointed him to it. He has also donated $ 4,350 to Obama’s campaigns over the years.

Fox Nation is conveniently ignoring several facts, including that Holder appointed two prosecutors to the case: Machen, who was indeed an Obama appointee, and Rosenstein, who was a Republican nominee.

Machen was unanimously confirmed as U.S. attorney in February 2010. He also served in the Justice Department as an assistant U.S. attorney from 1997 to 2001. Rosenstein was confirmed as U.S. attorney in 2005, after being nominated by former President Bush.

On his radio show, Fox News host Sean Hannity also made much of the donations, saying, “[I]t seems to me the least appropriate person is a donor to the Obama campaign and somebody that is not objective and somebody that has this long history of a relationship with Eric Holder.”


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