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AP president urges Obama to 'rein in out-of-control' investigation
20 May 2013
BY INDEX ON CENSORSHIP

Speaking for the first time since the Associated Press announced on May 13 that the United States Department of Justice had seized two months of phone records, Gary Pruitt, president of the AP, said in an interview that the Obama administration should “rein in that out-of-control investigation.”

Attorney General Eric Holder and Deputy Attorney General James Coles are under fire for a subpeona of Associated Press telephone records. (Photo: DOJ)

Attorney General Eric Holder and Deputy Attorney General James Cole are under fire for a subpeona of Associated Press telephone records. (Photo: DOJ)

The DOJ action came after Congressional uproar over government leaks to the press. Deputy Attorney General James Cole authorized investigators to seek a subpeona for the office and personal lines — including mobiles — of AP reporters. The subpeona was carried out secretly and the AP was not given a chance to respond.

“They’ve been secretive, they’ve been overboard and abusive,” Pruitt said of the DOJ’s actions in an interview with the AP.

For its part, the DOJ has not explained why it seized the phone records, but the AP has suspected that the investigation stemmed from a May 2012 article about a foiled terrorist plot.

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