U.S. attorney general: bin Laden operation lawful

WASHINGTON Tue May 3, 2011 11:49am EDT

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Attorney General Eric Holder defended as lawful on Tuesday the U.S. operation to go into Pakistan that resulted in the death of al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden and the taking of his body.

The acts taken were "lawful, legitimate and appropriate in every way. The people who were responsible for that action, both in the decision making and the effecting of that decision, handled themselves I think quite well," Holder told the House of Representatives' Judiciary Committee.

(Reporting by James Vicini and Jeremy Pelofsky, editing by Sandra Maler)