Nope. It doesn’t work that way. The process for electronic intercepts, subpoenas for phone records, etc. are very specifically laid out under DOJ guidelines. Many moving parts involved initiating and maintain such investigative activity. Any departure from established regs or unauthorized investigations are deemed a criminal offense. Jail time. Nobody launches something like this without air cover, and hard copy, hand signed paperwork.
So somebody is going to be wearing orange?
The original story was written in May of 2012. There were five reporters on the byline (and assume a couple editors). But the DOJ sought records for April and May for about 20 reporters, and for main offices in New York, Washington and Hartford CN, including the office that handles correspondence with Congress.
This was a fishing expedition under cover of a leak investigation.
There is a lot more to this story that has not been uncovered, yet.
Didn't Holder say that Fast and Furious was run out of a rogue office in Phoenix? Surely the agents in Phoenix knew that they didn't have the authorization to run guns into Mexico, but they did it anyway without Holder being in the loop, according to Holder.
Same with the Tampa office into Honduras.
For Holder to claim he didn't give his approval, he will have to jail somebody below him for abuse of power and unauthorized actions.
Will he do that?