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Project on Government Oversight

DOJ's Seizure of AP Phone Records Doesn't Just Cross Line, It Tramples It

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May 13, 2013

Statement of Danielle Brian, Executive Director,
Project On Government Oversight

The Justice Department’s seizure of the Associated Press’ phone records is Nixonian. In his zeal to find the source of a media leak, Attorney General Eric Holder has trampled a line meant to protect our free and independent press, and has ignored long standing practice in working with the media within the bounds of the First Amendment. The American public deserves a full accounting of why and how this could happen.

Founded in 1981, the Project On Government Oversight (POGO) is a nonpartisan independent watchdog that champions good government reforms. POGO’s investigations into corruption, misconduct, and conflicts of interest achieve a more effective, accountable, open, and ethical federal government.