It’s hard to feel comfortable with the Barack Obama administration’s aggressive pursuit of national security leaks. Last week, the Justice Department acknowledged seizing phone records from Associated Press reporters in connection with a leak concerning a 2012 counterterrorism operation in Yemen. This week, we learned that Fox News correspondent James Rosen’s e-mail was examined to track down unauthorized disclosures about North Korea. In this case, the Justice Department went so far as to call the reporter a “co- conspirator.”
During President Barack Obama’s May 16 news conference, reporter Jeff Mason asked as part of his question: “And, more broadly, how do you feel about comparisons by some of your critics of this week’s scandals to those that happened under the Nixon administration?” The president responded, “I’ll let you guys engage in those comparisons, and you can go ahead and read the history, I think, and draw your own conclusions.”
A federal prosecutor involved in the botched gun operation known as Fast and Furious gave an internal memo to the news media, possibly to undermine a federal agent’s criticisms, the Justice Department’s inspector general said.
Mark Sanford, the South Carolina Republican governor disgraced by lying to conceal an extramarital affair, has staged a political comeback and will be sworn in as the newest U.S. House member this week.