The Justice Department's secret seizure of phone records from a top Fox News reporter is "disturbing" and suggests the agency is "out of control," Joe Scarborough says.
"It would be one thing if you're monitoring MSNBC's number … but you talk about the Fox News bureau, that's what makes it so damning for this White House," Scarborough said on MSNBC's "Morning Joe
"This is a Justice Department that seems out of control."
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Scarborough compared the Justice Department fingering of Fox reporter James Rosen, who it suggests is a "co-conspirator" for soliciting classified information about North Korea, to the case of Daniel Ellsberg.
"This is Daniel Ellsberg, like, 40 years later," Scarborough said, referring to the military analyst prosecuted for leaking a Pentagon study of Vietnam War strategies to The New York Times in 1971. The charges were later dropped.
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"What [Rosen] is doing is what The New York Times had to decide. … Do we go with this information? … What people have to decide year in, year out, as reporters. How far do we push it?
"You always have the White House calling … please don't run with this story right now. There's always that friction."
He said the sheer size of the Justice Department's seizure, which comes on top of its investigation into editors and reporters at the Associated Press, was jolting.
"Five numbers inside Fox News' Washington bureau, numbers inside the White House, 30 phone numbers. Add this on top of the AP. How disturbing can this be to you?'" Scarborough asked.
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