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-- right of the Department of Justice has secretly swiped two months' worth of Associated Press phone records the AP calls it a massive intrusion.
So who would've had to sign off on this and would this have happened under the George W Bush Administration or George.
Walker Bush Administration lets talk to former deputy attorney general under President Bush 41 George -- will -- good morning to George.
Good -- -- first bullets start out with this question.
Something of this nature -- the attorney general of the United States Eric Holder had to -- signed off on this.
Under internal Justice Department rules that's right Steve although he can delegate that authority to say for example the deputy attorney general.
OK so do you think that this is a pretty big deal -- It is a big deal because it -- obviously is a rather unprecedented.
Sweep of journalistic phone records.
Most equally obviously can have a chilling effect on the rights of those journalists and that news news organization to gather the news.
But on the other hand it's also.
A serious national security leak investigation that was prompted by outcries from congress to begin -- OK and so for folks who don't understand quite what the story is about these massive -- the Associated Press got wind last year that apparently.
There had been foiled.
This attempt a new underwear bomber with the new improved a detonating device in his underpants.
They were gonna try to blow up another airplane.
AP call the federal government for comment and as they say we're not gonna talk about it and in -- could you hold off on this story.
Because of national security interest they did hold off until -- administration revealed what exactly had happened.
But then and and this is the part that's tricky George as soon as they have realized hey wait a minute somebody in the government's talk and they went big -- for the -- records and that's -- scary.
Well it it is it is scary unless they really was no alternative which I'm sure is one of the factors.
That had to be examined.
Look the fact the fact of the matter is here that.
They'll be a tremendous price to be paid and is being paid by the Justice Department and the administration.
For for taking this step what we don't know yet really an art in a position to make a final judgment about his whether it's justified or not.
Would you know that there are reporters now in Washington these DC -- think -- okay over the last year to.
-- make any phone calls that the DOJ might have wanted snoop on my phone records.
Right now there's no question about that but let's remember.
This investigation is not directed at the journalist's journalist get a passing in -- -- -- for the most part.
What this is directed at is someone who violated the law and their oath of office.
By apparently disclosing very sensitive classified information.
That may have put an existing source for your sample in danger.
But they're going after the press nonetheless all right George stronger in the third -- from these -- thank you very much.
Thank you -- for.
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