Pruitt: DOJ broke rules in phone records seizure

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By JENNIFER C. KERR, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — The head of The Associated Press says the Justice Department violated its own rules when it secretly seized records for thousands of phone calls to and from AP journalists as part of a leak investigation.

AP President and CEO Gary Pruitt says the seizure was excessively broad, and the department failed to notify AP in advance of the subpoena as normally required.

He said the seizure has stifled trusted sources not just for AP reporters but for other news organizations, too.

The records were obtained by the government as part of an investigation into who leaked information about a foiled plot in Yemen to bomb a U.S.-bound airliner.

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