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    according to Michael Isikoff

    What`s not clear is Holder`s own role, because Holder testified  shortly thereafter that he himself had been interviewed for this  investigation, as that FBI Director Bob Muller and as we`ve since learned,  CIA Director John Brennan, because they all had prior knowledge of this --  of the matter that was -- the information that had been leaked.

    So it would be highly unusual for the attorney general to have been  interviewed in investigation and then play an active role. Earlier  tonight, I had -- earlier today, I had a Justice Department official tell  me that Holder had been recused in this investigation -- recused himself.

    I`ve been trying to confirm that all night with the Justice Department  and have not gotten a clear answer. I was told I would get one by the tile  the show has aired. I have not gotten it yet.

    So, it`s very unclear who exactly approved this. If Holder was  recused, the U.S. attorney could have approved this subpoena without  consulting the attorney general, or could have been another high-level  official, the acting deputy attorney general, head of the criminal  division. We don`t know yet who exactly approved it and we haven`t gotten  clear answers from the Justice Department tonight.

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    Phone Records of Journalists Seized by U.S.

    By CHARLIE SAVAGE and LESLIE KAUFMAN

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    Republicans accused the administration of deliberately leaking classified information, jeopardizing national security in an effort to make Mr. Obama look tough in an election year — a charge the White House rejected. But some Democrats, too, said the leaking of sensitive information had gotten out of control.

    Mr. Holder’s move at the time was sharply criticized by Republicans as not going far enough. They wanted him to appoint an outside special counsel, and a Senate resolution calling for a special counsel was co-sponsored by 29 Republican senators.

    On Monday, however, after The A.P. disclosed the seizure of the records, some Republican leaders criticized the administration as going too far. Michael Steel, a spokesman for House Speaker John A. Boehner, said: “The First Amendment is first for a reason. If the Obama Administration is going after reporters’ phone records, they better have a damned good explanation.”And Doug Heye, a spokesman for Representative Eric Cantor of Virginia, the majority leader, linked the revelation to a brewing controversy over the targeting of Tea Party groups for greater scrutiny by the Internal Revenue Service, saying “these new revelations suggest a pattern of intimidation by the Obama administration.”

    The A.P. said Monday that it first learned of the seizure of the records last Friday afternoon when its general counsel, Laura Malone, received a letter from Mr. Machen, the United States attorney. The letter to Mr. Holder said the seizure included “all such records for, among other phone lines, an A.P. general phone number in New York City as well as A.P. bureaus in New York City, Washington, D.C., Hartford, Connecticut, and at the House of Representatives.”

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    Under sweeping subpoenas, Justice Department obtained AP phone records in leak investigation

    By Sari Horwitz

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    The inquiry is one of two leak investigations ordered last June by Holder. The second involves a New York Times report about the Stuxnet computer worm, which was developed jointly by the United States and Israel to damage nuclear centrifuges at Iran’s main uranium-enrichment plant.

    The two leak inquiries were started after Republicans in Congress accused the Obama administration of orchestrating news stories intended to demonstrate the president’s toughness on terrorism and improve his chance for reelection. The Republicans sought a special prosecutor, but Holder instead named two veteran prosecutors to handle the inquiries.

    In the AP case, the news organization and its reporters and editors are not the likely targets of the investigation. Rather, the inquiry is probably aimed at current or former government officials who divulged classified information.

    But experts said the scope of the records secretly seized from the AP and its reporters goes beyond the known scale of previous leak probes.

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    Republican hypocrisy at the highest level. The media and Republicans have been hounding the administration about intentional leaks, and now they're upset that the administration is trying to get to the bottom of these leaks.

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