While Attorney General Eric Holder’s Capitol Hill appearance Wednesday was marked by a heated argument with his chief Republican critic, more and more Democrats are joining the fray — in a sign that the Justice Department’s seizure of journalists’ phone records may trigger a bipartisan challenge to his leadership.

Rep. Zoe Lofgren, D-Calif., was among the Democrats who sharply questioned Holder Wednesday on the controversy. She questioned why and how Holder was able to recuse himself from that case, and said it appears the department’s actions “have, in fact, impaired the First Amendment.”

“Reporters who might have previously believed that a confidential source would speak to them would no longer have that level of confidence, because those confidential sources are now going to be chilled in their relationship with the press,” she said.

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