The decision to seek media records in connection with a probe into an unauthorized disclosure of classified information was made by a deputy attorney general because Attorney General Eric Holder was recused from the matter, a Justice Department official said on Tuesday.
The Obama administration is facing a storm of questions over the Justice Department's controversial decision to secretly seize telephone records of the Associated Press.
In a background statement, the official said Holder recused himself from the matter because he was interviewed by the FBI in connection with the leak.
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