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The premise of using the Justice Department to intimidate or -- journalist led to some very uncomfortable exchanges today involving the nation's.
Top law enforcement official.
Chief intelligence it.
Intelligence correspondent Catherine -- shows us.
On the seizure of Associated Press phone records affecting 100 journalists the questions were direct.
Why but was such a broad scope approved I am not familiar with the reasons why the -- -- -- you know it was constructed the AP.
Let's amenable to working with -- view on this matter again mister chairman I don't know what happened there attorney general Eric Holder confirmed his deputy made the call in the AP subpoenas will -- one Republican to complain.
That this committee has been frustrated her.
At least the last two and a half years if not the last four and a half years.
That there doesn't seem to be any acceptance of responsibility.
In the Justice Department Democrats also voiced their discomfort it seems to me clear that the actions -- that department.
Have in fact in -- the First Amendment.
One Democrat called that the committee's Republican leadership claiming it was just -- -- that they supported aggressive leak investigations.
Now of course it is convenient to -- the attorney general.
For being too aggressive after Tuesday's rough news conferences the White House called on senator Chuck Schumer to resurrect press shield legislation.
-- other Democrats urging their colleagues to consider.
Whether the Espionage Act has been a inappropriately used in looking at this week here's.
Whether there's a need for greater press shield which I believe there is.
Pushing back against the Justice Department the -- posted this statement to its web site.
Highlighting a little known fact that the -- worked with the administration and held the story for a week quote.
Until the government assured us of the national security concerns had passed indeed the White House was compared to publicly announce that the bomb plot had been -- Infected terrorist didn't have the -- but rather a mole working for British and American intelligence.
The administration charges the AP story blew the -- cover and effectively shutdown critical insider access to al-Qaeda in Yemen but Republicans questioned whether the White House made matters worse by briefing TV commentators about the plot -- that.
Was that resulted in the -- -- of an asset.
That shouldn't have been out.
-- -- absolutely not senator I -- not agree with -- -- one exchange seemed to sum -- -- hostility between congressional Republicans and the administration to mister chairman of which uniform the witness as -- -- the rules that is committee appropriate and it's too consistent with the way in which you conduct yourself.
As a member of congress it's unacceptable.
And it's shameful.
-- with the decision to take himself out of the leak investigation much the surprise lawmakers.
Holder said there was no paper trail.
Nor was there are written record of the decision -- the FBI director is also on the hill his investigators are working in the AP leak case perhaps.
Catherine thank you.
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