READ: Fox News Will Defend Reporter Against 'Co-Conspirator' Charge
The Justice Department, already under fire for seizing AP phone records, also viewed e-mails of Fox News chief Washington correspondent James Rosen, calling him a criminal 'co-conspirator' for his reporting. Fox News' executive vice president of news, Michael Clemente, released a statement defending Rosen. The statement, issued Monday afternoon, is below:
"We are outraged to learn today that James Rosen was named a criminal co-conspirator for simply doing his job as a reporter," Clemente said. "In fact, it is downright chilling. We will unequivocally defend his right to operate as a member of what up until now has always been a free press."