The Weekly Standard quotes Carney:
Other than press reports, we have no knowledge of any attempt by the Justice Department to seek phone records of the AP. We are not involved in decisions made in connection with criminal investigations, as those matters are handled independently by the Justice Department. Any questions about an ongoing criminal investigation should be directed to the Department of Justice.
My, they’re learning quite a few things about the operations of their administration lately in the papers, aren’t they?
P.S. Unlike the lying and thuggish cover-up over Benghazi, or the selective IRS harassment and leaking, or Kathleen Sebelius’s extortion of the health care industry, I’m not quite ready to be outraged about the AP subpoenas. They were investigating a leak of classified information to reporters. I think they’re entitled to do that. I have seen people on Twitter claiming there was wiretapping going on, but I haven’t seen evidence of that in any credible news story. DoJ is entitled to investigate leaks. They’re not supposed to leap to getting records on journalists, but if that’s the only way to get the records, then that’s what you have to do.
There are two parts of this story that concern me. Read this:
The May 7, 2012, AP story that disclosed details of the CIA operation in Yemen to stop an airliner bomb plot occurred around the one-year anniversary of the May 2, 2011, killing of Osama bin Laden.
The plot was significant both because of its seriousness and also because the White House previously had told the public it had “no credible information that terrorist organizations, including Al Qaeda, are plotting attacks in the U.S. to coincide with the (May 2) anniversary of bin Laden’s death.”
The AP delayed reporting the story at the request of government officials who said it would jeopardize national security. Once officials said those concerns were allayed, the AP disclosed the plot, though the Obama administration continued to request that the story be held until the administration could make an official announcement.
My two points of concern are:
1) Were they pushing hard on this leak because it undercut their public statements about the lack of evidence of an anniversary plot?
2) Are they retaliating against the AP for insisting on publishing the story once any national security concerns were “allayed”?
Note well, by the way: according to the linked story, “[r]ules published by the Justice Department require that subpoenas of records of news organizations must be personally approved by the attorney general.” In other words, the AP records grab was supposed to be (and probably was) approved by Eric Holder. Yet Obama and Carney got blindsided!!
. . . so they say.