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The president and CEO of The Associated Press
says the government s seizure of AP journalists
phone records was "unconstitutional" and already
has had a chilling effect on newsgathering.
Gary Pruitt says the Justice Department s secret
subpoena of reporters phone records has made
sources less willing to talk to AP journalists.
The Justice Department disclosed the seizure of
two months of phone records in a letter the AP
received May 10. The letter did not state a reason,
but prosecutors had said they were conducting a
leaks investigation into how the AP learned about
an al-Qaida bomb plot in Yemen before it was
made public last year. Pruitt said the AP story con-
tradicted the government s claim at the time there
was no terrorist plot.
Pruitt spoke on CBS Face the Nation.
AP CEO calls
A top White House adviser insisted President
Barack Obama learned that the federal tax collection
agency had targeted conservative groups only "when
it came out in the news" while Republicans con-
tinued to press the administration for answers on
The Obama administration has also been forced
on the defensive over its handling of last September s
terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya, that killed the US
ambassador and three other Americans, and the gov-
ernment s seizure of The Associated Press telephone
records as part of a leaks investigation.
Republicans are hoping to link the issues in an
effort to raise questions about Obama s credibility
and make it harder for him to press a second-term
Trying to move past a challenging week, senior
Obama adviser Dan Pfeiffer appeared on five Sunday
news shows to repeat the administration s position
that no senior officials were involved in the decision
to give conservative tea party groups extra scrutiny.
Pfeiffer s appearances were unlike to quiet Republican
critics, who have seized on the revelations as proof
that Obama used the Internal Revenue Service to go
after his political enemies.
"The deputy secretary of the treasury was made
aware of just the fact that the investigation was
beginning last year," Pfeiffer said.
"But no one in the White House was aware."
White House: Obama not involved in tax scandal
Meanwhile, Republican Senator Rand Paul
suggested there was a written policy to
target conservative groups opposing the
president, but when pressed could not pro-
"I haven t seen a policy statement, but
I think we need to see that," Paul said. "And
when that comes forward, we need to know
who wrote the policy and who approved
Regardless of when the president first
learned of the investigations, Pfeiffer, a long-
time Obama confidante, said the president
wanted to ensure such activities were not
"The activity was outrageous and inex-
cusable, and it was stopped and it needs to
be fixed to ensure it never happens again,"
A Treasury Department inspector s report
said this week that conservative and small-
government tea party groups that were crit-
ical of Obama received extra scrutiny. IRS
agents did not flag similar progressive or
liberal groups, according to the watchdog.
The report concluded that a regional IRS
office in Ohio improperly singled out tea
party and other conservative groups for
more than 18 months and took no action
on many of their applications for tax-exempt
status for long periods of time---hindering
their fund-raising for the 2010 and 2012
The new acting IRS commissioner is in
the midst of a 30-day top-to-bottom review
while Republicans continue to demand
answers of Obama and his allies in govern-
That s not sufficient, said Republican
Senator Rob Portman of Ohio.
"I think a special counsel is going to wind
up being necessary," he added.
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