Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK)

On Face the Nation yesterday Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK) called it inappropriate to have Eric Holder review the Department of Justice aggressive investigation of journalists. From Face the Nation:

BOB SCHIEFFER: Senator Coburn, the President also said that he’s asked the attorney general to review all these investigations and to leaks of what he says is classified information and whether that’s put a chilling effect on journalists trying to report the news. Do you think the attorney general is the right person to head up this review?

SENATOR TOM COBURN: Absolutely, not. You cannot investigate yourself and I think it’s a total conflict of interest. First Amendment rights and the freedom of the press in this country and the intimidation that is going forward, it doesn’t mean you shouldn’t investigate it. And it shouldn’t mean we shouldn’t be tough on that. But allowing the very person that authorized the two things that we are very aware of today to investigate whether or not he did that appropriately is inappropriate.

Given that Holder behaved in a completely unacceptable manner in the AP investigation by only verbally recusing himself and signing off on the warrant of a Fox journalist, Coburn has a point. It is absurd to put Holder in charge of finding out what went wrong when it is clear Holder is a large part of what went wrong.