The Totally Legal Subpoena

Friday, May 17, 2013


Earlier this week, the Department of Justice revealed that it had subpoenaed the phone records of Associated Press reporters and editors over the course of two months in 2012. Many in the media were not pleased at what the AP called an "unprecedented intrusion." Brooke talks with University of Chicago Law Professor Geoffrey Stone who says, unprecedented or not, the DOJ's actions were certainly legal.


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"Pure political hypocrisy"
Spare us.

Why is the administration and the media only now after the Presidential election dealing with these serious scandals after they both flogged one manufactured crisis after another for political effect which favored Obama in his first term?

There seems to be selective outrageous outrage over "pure political hypocrisy" worthy of Captain Renault in Casablanca. Is this the Hope and Change "expediency" we bargained for in 2008 and renewed under a false prospectus only six months ago?

May. 18 2013 10:26 AM

Hypocrisy, thy name is Holder.

First, this was a fine discussion of why the DoJ collection of phone records was legal. And Prof. Stone is a very good person to lead that discussion. But not for one minute do I believe that this discussion would be occurring in this way on OTM if the Current Occupant were a Republican.

If the President and the Attorney General were so convinced that government should be legally enjoined from such searches, why did Mr. Holder authorize the warrants? They should either stand up forcefully for the searches to protect the American public, or those searches should never have occurred.

I'm not happy that Republicans are using the controversy to score points against the President. But I'd be much more unhappy about it all if I weren't certain that the press would be mounting an all-out attack (as opposed to the current circumspect questioning) on a Republican administration that did the same thing.

May. 18 2013 01:08 AM

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