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Congress Urged to Probe Reporter Subpoena Case

THE NATION | IN BRIEF / WASHINGTON, D.C.

August 31, 2001|From Times Wire Reports

A private group that defends government whistle-blowers urged Congress to investigate the Justice Department for secretly subpoenaing an Associated Press reporter's personal phone records.

The Justice Department's actions will have "a profound and lasting 'chilling' effect on the legitimate flow of information," the National Whistleblower Center said in a letter to the chairmen of the Senate and House judiciary committees.

The department sought the records during an attempt to identify the law enforcement officials who told AP reporter John Solomon about a wiretap interception of calls involving Sen. Robert Torricelli (D-N.J.).

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