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White House: 'No knowledge' of AP phone record seizure
The Hill ^ | May 13, 2013 | Justin Sink

Posted on 05/13/2013 5:59:46 PM PDT by jazusamo

The White House on Monday distanced President Obama from the Department of Justice’s seizure of Associated Press telephone records.

“Other than press reports, we have no knowledge of any attempt by the Justice Department to seek phone records of the AP,” White House press secretary Jay Carney said in a statement.

Carney said the White House had no involvement in the Justice effort.

“We are not involved in decisions made in connection with criminal investigations, as those matters are handled independently by the Justice Department,” he said.

The Justice Department said in a letter to the AP on Friday that it had gathered records on at least 20 office, cell phone, and home phone numbers — including the AP's desk in the House of Representatives press gallery.

The AP believes the records seizure was related to a leak investigation regarding a 2012 story about the CIA foiling a bomb plot in Yemen. The Obama administration has aggressively investigated the disclosure of classified anti-terror information in recent years, subpoenaing journalists from the New York Times and Washington Post.

In a letter of protest sent to Attorney General Eric Holder on Monday, AP President Gary Pruitt said there could be “no possible justification for such an overbroad collection of the telephone communications.”

“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 a statement, the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Columbia said it was “always careful and deliberate” in deciding to target media organizations.

News of Justice seizing the records comes as the administration is already dealing with accusations the IRS abused its power by targeting conservative groups for tax audits.

The administration is also under attack for its handling of the Benghazi attack.

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1 posted on 05/13/2013 5:59:46 PM PDT by jazusamo
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To: jazusamo

this is completely believable when you are good for nothing


2 posted on 05/13/2013 6:01:58 PM PDT by bigheadfred ( barry your mouth is writing checks your ass cant cash)
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To: jazusamo

The White House has no knowledge whatsoever.


3 posted on 05/13/2013 6:02:02 PM PDT by Third Person (Welcome to Gaymerica.)
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To: jazusamo
"Some of the immature, underlings who currently run the government for us did it! Or maybe George Bush!" - Barry Soetoro

"Sloppy, sloppy, sloppy".

4 posted on 05/13/2013 6:02:13 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (If you think ObamaCare is a train wreck, wait until you see the amnesty bill.)
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To: jazusamo

They’re kidding, right? The White House expects us to believe, again, that they did not know a thing about it?


5 posted on 05/13/2013 6:02:18 PM PDT by MustKnowHistory
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To: jazusamo
"We have no knowledge"
"We are not aware"
"We have no recollection"

Who the hell wants these people running anything??

6 posted on 05/13/2013 6:02:27 PM PDT by ClearCase_guy
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To: jazusamo

BS!


7 posted on 05/13/2013 6:02:39 PM PDT by Proud2BeRight
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To: jazusamo

Obama = The unaccountable dictator.


8 posted on 05/13/2013 6:02:48 PM PDT by Typical_Whitey (Expose Obama's radical agenda at every opportunity, or be enslaved by it.)
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To: jazusamo

Per DoJ’s own rules, AG Holder had to personally approve this operation.

If this was to investigate classified info leaks, you can be sure the White House knew about it.

Are Carney’s ears turning red again?


9 posted on 05/13/2013 6:03:21 PM PDT by justlurking (tagline removed, as demanded by Admin Moderator)
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To: jazusamo

I’ve always found Zer0 to be ignorant.


10 posted on 05/13/2013 6:03:28 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: jazusamo
Bammy just threw Holder under da Bus...

Its got to be getting crowded under there...

11 posted on 05/13/2013 6:03:41 PM PDT by Mad Dawgg (If you're going to deny my 1st Amendment rights then I must proceed to the 2nd one...)
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To: Third Person

This reminds me of the earlier Clinton years...they never knew what was going on right under their nose until they read it in the paper.


12 posted on 05/13/2013 6:04:08 PM PDT by kevslisababy
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To: jazusamo

Hey, with this gaggle of czars and other unelected and unconfirmed dictators running our executive branch, what do we expect. The sock puppet doesn’t have a clue what his handlers are doing.


13 posted on 05/13/2013 6:04:34 PM PDT by laweeks
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To: jazusamo

“My mind is Jello..”


14 posted on 05/13/2013 6:04:57 PM PDT by Proud2BeRight
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To: jazusamo

Didn’t they say that about the IRS scandal, too?


15 posted on 05/13/2013 6:05:05 PM PDT by cardinal4
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To: Third Person

What did the President know,and when did he stop knowing it.I am fully prepared to believe the worst because this bunch appears to be capable of most anything.


16 posted on 05/13/2013 6:05:14 PM PDT by Farmer Dean (stop worrying about what they want to do to you,start thinking about what you want to do to them)
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To: Mad Dawgg

That bus is getting huge:)


17 posted on 05/13/2013 6:05:14 PM PDT by jazusamo ("Mercy to the guilty is cruelty to the innocent." -- Adam Smith)
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To: jazusamo

“attempt by the Justice Department to seek”

Maybe it was the White House itself that sought/seeks.
Maybe the word isn’t ‘seek’ but ‘request’ or ‘order’


18 posted on 05/13/2013 6:05:18 PM PDT by combat_boots (The Lion of Judah cometh. Hallelujah. Gloria Patri, Filio et Spiritui Sancto!)
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To: jazusamo

Obama, You Lie!


19 posted on 05/13/2013 6:06:03 PM PDT by Jyotishi (Seeking the truth, a fact at a time.)
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To: jazusamo

ok now imagine this happened while Bush was President


20 posted on 05/13/2013 6:06:05 PM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do uwhen I have a fire.)
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To: ClearCase_guy

“I heard it on tee vee.”


21 posted on 05/13/2013 6:06:28 PM PDT by RushIsMyTeddyBear (Great vid by ShorelineMike! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KOZjJk6nbD4&feature=plcp)
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To: jazusamo
“Other than press reports, we have no knowledge of any attempt by the Justice Department to seek phone records of the AP,” White House press secretary Jay Carney said in a statement.

"There is no controlling legal authority," he continued. "My wife wears a cloth coat and we're keeping the dog. But the strawberries. That's where I had them..."

22 posted on 05/13/2013 6:06:41 PM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: jazusamo

Impeach him based on dereliction. He has no idea what several departments under his direct control do.

Then Impeach him for his actual involvement. Then arrest, try and convict,


23 posted on 05/13/2013 6:06:43 PM PDT by Norm Lenhart
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To: jazusamo

Lies, lies, and more lies.


24 posted on 05/13/2013 6:07:27 PM PDT by bmwcyle (People who do not study history are destine to believe really ignorant statements.)
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To: jazusamo

No one believes this.


25 posted on 05/13/2013 6:07:31 PM PDT by John W (Viva Cristo Rey!)
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To: Farmer Dean

I claim the #Obamamustresign hashtag


26 posted on 05/13/2013 6:07:37 PM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do uwhen I have a fire.)
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To: Norm Lenhart

and deport..


27 posted on 05/13/2013 6:07:43 PM PDT by cardinal4
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To: bigheadfred

This is the “scandal” that opens the floodgates. The MSM just got it’s eyes opened that they are “little people” like the rest of us.


29 posted on 05/13/2013 6:07:53 PM PDT by glorgau
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To: Norm Lenhart

This bastard is either more paranoid than Nixon or more incompetent than Carter. Losing proposition,either way.


30 posted on 05/13/2013 6:10:06 PM PDT by johniegrad
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To: glorgau

bite the hand that feeds


31 posted on 05/13/2013 6:10:09 PM PDT by bigheadfred ( barry your mouth is writing checks your ass cant cash)
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To: jazusamo

Democrat AGs always seem to be out there on their own. How about that?


32 posted on 05/13/2013 6:10:17 PM PDT by John W (Viva Cristo Rey!)
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To: jazusamo

just today he said that he learned about a scandal from the media..and here again...

Where’s Jarrett these days?


33 posted on 05/13/2013 6:10:36 PM PDT by RummyChick
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To: ClearCase_guy

Sorta consistent with “no evidence exists”, after they run it all through the shredders (like the Constitution has been).


34 posted on 05/13/2013 6:11:30 PM PDT by traditional1 (Amerika.....Providing public housing for the Mulatto Messiah)
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To: jazusamo

Ain’t nobody know nothin in this White House. The buck stops nowhere.


35 posted on 05/13/2013 6:11:42 PM PDT by jersey117
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To: johniegrad

What he is is the greatest hits of the Third Rich all rolled into one Kenyan. Including Jewish holocaust compliments of the Muzzies. He just ain’t turned them loose with all that American hardware yet.


36 posted on 05/13/2013 6:13:10 PM PDT by Norm Lenhart
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To: RummyChick

Running the show of course. Same as it ever was.


37 posted on 05/13/2013 6:13:43 PM PDT by Norm Lenhart
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To: MustKnowHistory

We are all supposed to live in a state of suspended disbelief. Hillary told us that a long time ago.


38 posted on 05/13/2013 6:13:52 PM PDT by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: jazusamo

The Liberal Messiah is either a figurehead who knows nothing of what is happening in his administration or he is a wanna-be dictator who is feigning ignorance. I’m going with the latter, although I’m surprised that he seems to want us to believe the former.


39 posted on 05/13/2013 6:13:54 PM PDT by Repeal 16-17 (Let me know when the Shooting starts.)
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To: Third Person

Now I know why they stopped the white house tour , there is no one there


40 posted on 05/13/2013 6:14:05 PM PDT by molson209
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To: jazusamo
We’re now finding out what Obama meant when he said he would have more “flexibility” after the election.
41 posted on 05/13/2013 6:14:25 PM PDT by DJ Taylor (Once again our country is at war, and once again the Democrats have sided with our enemy.)
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To: Norm Lenhart

Only need one patriot.


42 posted on 05/13/2013 6:15:07 PM PDT by johniegrad
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To: RummyChick

Good question...She may be overwhelmed or out of the country conferring with her handler boss.


43 posted on 05/13/2013 6:15:22 PM PDT by jazusamo ("Mercy to the guilty is cruelty to the innocent." -- Adam Smith)
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To: johniegrad
This bastard is either more paranoid than Nixon or more incompetent than Carter. Losing proposition,either way.

Both... more paranoid than Nixon and more incompetent than Carter.

44 posted on 05/13/2013 6:15:34 PM PDT by Third Person (Welcome to Gaymerica.)
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To: Billthedrill
"White House press secretary Jay Carney said..."

We're the national center of excellence regarding ignorance. Quite transparent about it actually...

45 posted on 05/13/2013 6:15:42 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: jazusamo
"We are not involved in decisions made in connection with criminal investigations, as those matters are handled independently by the Justice Department..."

Sure they are. Wink wink.

46 posted on 05/13/2013 6:16:26 PM PDT by mass55th (Courage is being scared to death - but saddling up anyway...John Wayne)
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To: johniegrad

Still waiting to see one good person come forward. The rest will follow. Plenty of people in DC and the military have the goods. They need to overcome their fear and make the sacrifice. The one they swore in their oaths.


47 posted on 05/13/2013 6:16:57 PM PDT by Norm Lenhart
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To: jazusamo
Obama does not have any, ANY, credibility left.

He didn't start out with all that much in the first place, now it is gone gone gone.

A true wannabe emperor without a shred of clothes on.

48 posted on 05/13/2013 6:17:33 PM PDT by Sir Napsalot (Pravda + Useful Idiots = CCCP; JournOList + Useful Idiots = DopeyChangey!)
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To: Norm Lenhart

these guys need to do another version of this
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=psJGHGeLSeE


49 posted on 05/13/2013 6:17:34 PM PDT by RummyChick
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To: jazusamo

Doesn’t Justice work for the WH? A better question for a reporter to ask Jay is “ If this information proves to be true, should those in Justice with knowledge of this activity be removed from their positions?”

Jay: “I’m not going to respond to a hypothetical until further information is developed.”

Reporter: “Jay, are you saying the President has no opinion about this invasive activity? Jay, and a follow up, we’re you officially or unofficially, or through rumor, aware of such activity?

Jay: “Again...”

Reporter: “Jay, doesn’t this bother you personally at all?”

Carney looks down at notes, ears turn red..

Reporter: “Jay,...Benghazi continues to have news cycle legs, could you give us the latest on the WH position on the latest revelations,..and I would like to follow up with the IRS targeting of Tea Party Americans.”


50 posted on 05/13/2013 6:18:09 PM PDT by Tulsa Ramjet ("If not now, when?" "Because it's judgment that defeats us.")
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