Grassley Wants Special Panel to Probe DOJ's AP Surveillance

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Wednesday, 15 May 2013 12:42 PM

By Bill Hoffmann

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Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley says he wants a special select committee to investigate the Justice Department’s probe of several national security leaks.

“I think it’s so bad, we need a select committee to look into how the Justice Department can be doing this,” Grassley, the top Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee, told The Hill.

Grassley's proposal comes after the revelation that the Justice Department secretly subpoenaed the phone records of reporters and editors at The Associated Press to ferret out the sources of several leaks.

Last year, Grassley asked that an independent special counsel be appointed to investigate the leaks — but Attorney General Eric Holder appointed two U.S. attorneys instead.
Arizona Sen. John McCain said it was still too early to decide if an independent counsel should be brought in.

“I want to see what the details of it are first, as to why they did it and what their rationale was, and what they were targeting. I just need to know that,” he told the Hill.

“For me to rush to a judgment without knowing all of the facts is just not appropriate.”



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