So, the Department of Justice secretly subpoenaed the Associated Press.

I cannot possibly see how this could end badly for the Obama administration.

I somehow suspect that the AP isn’t going to get all shirty for once about this quote:

Rules published by the Justice Department require that subpoenas of records of news organizations must be personally approved by the attorney general, but it was not known if that happened in this case. The letter notifying AP that its phone records had been obtained through subpoenas was sent Friday by Ronald Machen, the U.S. attorney in Washington.

William Miller, a spokesman for Machen, said Monday that in general the U.S. attorney follows “all applicable laws, federal regulations and Department of Justice policies when issuing subpoenas for phone records of media organizations.” But he would not address questions about the specifics of the AP records. “We do not comment on ongoing criminal investigations,” Miller said in an email.

The Justice Department lays out strict rules for efforts to get phone records from news organizations. A subpoena can be considered only after “all reasonable attempts” have been made to get the same information from other sources, the rules say. It was unclear what other steps, in total, the Justice Department might have taken to get information in the case.

…I think that when TS Eliot said that April was the cruelest month he hadn’t really taken into account politicians like Barack Obama.  Because right now May is downright sucking for the Democratic party.

Moe Lane

6 thoughts on “So, the Department of Justice secretly subpoenaed the Associated Press.”

  1. I’ll admit to chuckling about this all day.
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    The lapdog press covered for Obama on Rev. Wright, Rezko, Blagojevich, the not-a-record (fast forward noises) Benghazi, and the IRS, and Obama repays them by .. goring their ox.
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    Makes Charlie Sheen look like a piker at #Winning, it does.
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    Mew

  2. I think many in the media have had the attitude of “Well, it’s okay to lie to the peasants and stomp on their so-called ‘rights,’ because it’s all for their own good; they’re just to stupid to realize that.”
     
    But diss the media, the gatekeepers, the standard-bearers of all that is sacred and good … that cannot be tolerated!

  3. Considering that they’ve spent oh, my entire adult life demonizing the people whose help they’re going to need now, I say, “Screw them”. They’re on their own on this one. I might make popcorn though.

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