Moreover, the AP reports that according to the Justice Department's own rules, subpoenas of records involving news organizations must be "personally approved," by the Attorney General, Eric Holder.
Whether that was the case here or not is not yet known.
I would say it's now beyond Nixonian (Washington ComPost).
The Justice Department secretly obtained two months of telephone records of reporters and editors for The Associated Press in what the news cooperative’s top executive called a “massive and unprecedented intrusion” into how news organizations gather the news.
The records obtained by the Justice Department listed incoming and outgoing calls, and the duration of each call, for the work and personal phone numbers of individual reporters, general AP office numbers in New York, Washington and Hartford, Conn., and the main number for AP reporters in the House of Representatives press gallery, according to attorneys for the AP.
In all, the government seized those records for more than 20 separate telephone lines assigned to AP and its journalists in April and May of 2012. The exact number of journalists who used the phone lines during that period is unknown but more than 100 journalists work in the offices whose phone records were targeted on a wide array of stories about government and other matters.
In a letter of protest sent to Attorney General Eric Holder on Monday, AP President and Chief Executive Officer Gary Pruitt said the government sought and obtained information far beyond anything that could be justified by any specific investigation. He demanded the return of the phone records and destruction of all copies.Keep in mind, AP has been such a lapdog of this Regime I've called them the Associated with Obama Press. Now the Regime has secretly been looking at their phone records?
I'm not a fan of AP, especially in how they have covered for this Regime. However, what the racist Eric Holder's InJustice Department has done should outraged every American, just as BenghaziGate, Fast and Furious, and the IRS targeting the Regime's enemies. If they can get AP's phone records, then that can happen to any one of us.
Question is, will this be enough to turn the Regime's lapdogs into watchdogs?