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Sen. Tom Coburn: Holder investigating himself is a 'total conflict of interest'

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Sen. Tom Coburn said Sunday it’s “inappropriate” for the White house to ask Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. to review his own Justice Department’s spying on reporters and editors at Fox News and The Associated Press.

“You cannot investigate yourself. Allowing the very person that authorized the two things we are …aware of today to investigate whether he did that appropriately is inappropriate,” Mr. Coburn, Oklahoma Republican, said on CBS’ “Face the Nation.”

“There’s an inherent conflict of interest in me judging whether I did something and reporting it to the president,” the senator told host Bob Schieffer.

Sen. Charles E. Schumer, appearing on the same program, said “the system is clearly broken.”

Mr. Schumer, New York Democrat, said he and Sen. Lindsey Graham, South Carolina Republican, have a proposal that would tighten judicial oversight of Justice Department and law enforcement infringements on press freedoms.

“You always need set rules and an independent arbiter. We have neither now,” he said.

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David Eldridge

David Eldridge

David Eldridge joined The Washington Times in 1999 and over the next seven years helped lead the paper's coverage of regional politics and government, Sept. 11, and the sniper attacks of 2002. In 2006, he was named managing editor of the paper's website. He came to The Times from the Telegraph in North Platte, Neb., where he served as executive ...

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