Skip to comments.White House: 'No knowledge' of AP phone record seizure
Posted on 05/13/2013 5:59:46 PM PDT by jazusamo
The White House on Monday distanced President Obama from the Department of Justices seizure of Associated Press telephone records.
Other than press reports, we have no knowledge of any attempt by the Justice Department to seek phone records of the AP, White House press secretary Jay Carney said in a statement.
Carney said the White House had no involvement in the Justice effort.
We are not involved in decisions made in connection with criminal investigations, as those matters are handled independently by the Justice Department, he said.
The Justice Department said in a letter to the AP on Friday that it had gathered records on at least 20 office, cell phone, and home phone numbers including the AP's desk in the House of Representatives press gallery.
The AP believes the records seizure was related to a leak investigation regarding a 2012 story about the CIA foiling a bomb plot in Yemen. The Obama administration has aggressively investigated the disclosure of classified anti-terror information in recent years, subpoenaing journalists from the New York Times and Washington Post.
In a letter of protest sent to Attorney General Eric Holder on Monday, AP President Gary Pruitt said there could be no possible justification for such an overbroad collection of the telephone communications.
These records potentially reveal communications with confidential sources across all of the newsgathering activities undertaken by the AP during a two-month period, provide a road map to AP's newsgathering operations and disclose information about AP's activities and operations that the government has no conceivable right to know, Pruitt said.
In a statement, the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Columbia said it was always careful and deliberate in deciding to target media organizations.
News of Justice seizing the records comes as the administration is already dealing with accusations the IRS abused its power by targeting conservative groups for tax audits.
The administration is also under attack for its handling of the Benghazi attack.
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this is completely believable when you are good for nothing
The White House has no knowledge whatsoever.
"Sloppy, sloppy, sloppy".
They’re kidding, right? The White House expects us to believe, again, that they did not know a thing about it?
Who the hell wants these people running anything??
Obama = The unaccountable dictator.
Per DoJ’s own rules, AG Holder had to personally approve this operation.
If this was to investigate classified info leaks, you can be sure the White House knew about it.
Are Carney’s ears turning red again?
I’ve always found Zer0 to be ignorant.
Its got to be getting crowded under there...
This reminds me of the earlier Clinton years...they never knew what was going on right under their nose until they read it in the paper.
Hey, with this gaggle of czars and other unelected and unconfirmed dictators running our executive branch, what do we expect. The sock puppet doesn’t have a clue what his handlers are doing.
“My mind is Jello..”
Didn’t they say that about the IRS scandal, too?
What did the President know,and when did he stop knowing it.I am fully prepared to believe the worst because this bunch appears to be capable of most anything.
That bus is getting huge:)
“attempt by the Justice Department to seek”
Maybe it was the White House itself that sought/seeks.
Maybe the word isn’t ‘seek’ but ‘request’ or ‘order’
Obama, You Lie!
ok now imagine this happened while Bush was President