U.S. Attorney General Holder visiting V.I., but feds mum on purpose of trip
Published: February 15, 2013
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ST. THOMAS - U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder is visiting the territory, but the Justice Department is releasing virtually no information about why or for how long.
A request Thursday morning to U.S. Attorney Ronald Sharpe for information regarding the much-rumored visit was directed to Assistant U.S. Attorney Kim Chisholm.
Chisholm confirmed that Holder is visiting the territory, but she would not provide the specific dates of his visit or the purpose. She also said there will be no briefing to the media regarding the visit.
"He's not going to be meeting with the press," Chisholm said.
Chisholm said she did not want to say one way or the other whether Holder's visit is for business or pleasure.
At least two high-ranking V.I. government officials - Gov. John deJongh Jr. and V.I. Attorney General Vincent Frazer - were not included in the visit as of Thursday.
Frazer said, "What you're telling me is news."
Government House spokesman Jean Greaux Jr. said he had heard "rumblings" about the visit, but as of Thursday evening, Holder had not spoken with the governor.
Messages left seeking further information from the Justice Department's press office in Washington, D.C., were not returned Thursday.