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Republicans are turning up the heat over the Justice Department seizure of phone records of dozens of Associated Press journalists.
-- intelligence correspondent Catherine Herridge tells us President Obama is standing firm.
Against accusations of trampling on the First Amendment no apologies now.
Avoiding specifics of the Associated Press leak investigation the president said his job is to protect national security.
First -- I make no apologies I don't think the American people would expect me as commander in chief not to be concerned.
About information that might compromise their missions or might.
Get them killed.
Two Republican congressman along with 27 house colleagues since a letter to attorney general Eric Holder and his deputy.
Asking for the appointment of a special counsel to investigate but of the seizure of eight.
The letter reads in part quote as the top law enforcement branch in the -- we understand you are obligated to investigate national security leaks.
However that does not give your department carte Blanche to launch an unprecedented probe.
-- one of the sponsors -- to the house floor.
Where does all of -- and well this is where the so called far left and far right need to embrace each other whether you are -- Tea Party your core part of the occupy movements.
This is about you.
With the seizure of phone records in four AP bureaus including the House of Representatives which logs calls between reporters and lawmakers.
Republicans see a larger more fundamental issue at play.
I'm not calling a -- back.
There's a phone might be -- My number may show up on their records.
To the Justice Department is just so much they're willing to do that.
The president today also put the focus under renewed push by Democrats for a shield law to protect journalists.
After the -- this case has prompted renewed interest.
About how do we strike -- -- properly.
So I think.
Now it's time for us to go ahead and revisit that legislation.
Senator Chuck Schumer is all of the said the senior Democrat decided Monday to take up the legislation.
The decision was not driven by the White House but a former member of the Bush Administration has a different take.
This is the Obama administration in the fight when -- allies in the mainstream media.
So they're trying to heal that rift and that's why there all of a sudden talking about shield legislation.
And Republicans are now joined by Al liberal voice radio show host bill press -- -- -- that holder should be fired over the handling of the EP leak investigation.
Using colorful language press said the Justice Department's broad seizure of phone records cannot be justified -- doesn't thank you off.
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