White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said today that he sees "no conflict" between Attorney General Holder's testimony that he wasn't involved in the decision of whether to prosecute Fox News Reporter James Rosen - even though Holder signed the subpoena for Rosen's e-mails.
In a spirited exchange with a reporter, Carney also accused media of conflating the concepts of "subpoena" and "prosecution":
Reporter: "Even if the attorney general ruled out that he was going to prosecute Rosen, on the question of a potential prosecution he said, 'This is not something I've ever been involved in or heard of.'
"We know he was involved in it at the very least. That's the question. Was he not telling the truth? He was involved in it."
Carney: "Involved in what?"
Reporter: "He signed off on the search warrant! Are you not involved after signing off on a search warrant?"
Carney: "I'm going to refer you to the Justice Department. You guys are conflating the subpoena with prosecution. I think...again I will refer you to what the attorney general said. "
Reporter: "So, it is a technical accuracy you're holding onto?"
Carney: "I'm not! I'm saying, based on what I've seen in published reports and what the attorney general said, I don't see the conflict.
"But I will refer you to the Justice Department. "