When it rains, it pours. Days after the Obama adminstration’s IRS admitted to targeting conservative groups, the Associated Press is reporting that the Justice Department secretly collected two months of phone records from their journalists.
According to the AP, any records subpoenaed by the Justice Department must receive personal approval by Attorney General Eric Holder, though it is unknown if he gave such approval in this case.
In a letter to Holder, AP President and CEO Gary Pruitt condemned the actions. From AP:
“There can be no possible justification for such an overbroad collection of the telephone communications of The Associated Press and its reporters. 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 light of Friday’s revelation about the IRS, this information is particularly concerning. Both are prime examples of a government wildly overstepping its boundaries.