Reid on AP scandal at Justice Dept.: ‘Inexcusable’

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In the wake of revelations that the Justice Department secretly subpoenaed phone records of Associated Press reporters and editors last year, leaders in the House and Senate are beginning to weigh in, among them Sen. Harry Reid.

“I have trouble defending what the Justice Department did,” the Nevada Democrat said Tuesday during his weekly press conference, according to Talking Points Memo. “I don’t know who did it or why it was done but it’s inexcusable. … All I know is it’s wrong.”

David Schultz, a lawyer for AP, told NPR that “a very large” number of records — including reporters’ home and cell phone numbers — were obtained from Hartford, New York, Washington, the U.S. House of Representatives and other locations where AP has bureaus.

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