President Obama says he has "complete confidence in Eric Holder" and that "he is an outstanding Attorney General."
Holder has been under fire because the Justice Department obtained phone records of The Associated Press from 2012 as part of an investigation of classified leaks.
The president also said today he isnt apologizing for cracking down on leaks of classified information that can jeopardize U.S. troops and intelligence officers.
Obama called for consideration of a new "shield law" for the press. He added that he was unable to comment specifically on the Department of Justice's secret subpoena of phone records of The Associated Press because of an ongoing investigation.
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