May 14, 2013
The White House claims to have had no idea that the Department of Justice seized the Associated Press’ phone records in what the news organization’s top executives called a “massive and unprecedented intrusion.”
“Other than press reports, we have no knowledge of any attempt by the Justice Department to seek phone records of the AP,” White House Press Secretary Jay Carney told reporters in New York Monday night.
“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.”
Carney’s comments came just hours after the AP broke the news that the DOJ had seized two months of phone records from its reporters and editors in April and May of 2012. According to the AP, the DOJ has refused to say why it is investigating the news organization, but the news company believes that it has to do with a May 7 story about a foiled terrorist plot in Yemen.