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  •  Meanwhile-McConnell asks FBI to "investigate" leak (7+ / 0-)

    ...Mitch McConnell’s campaign has accused opponents of bugging McConnell’s headquarters

    ...and has asked for an FBI investigation after a recording from an internal campaign meeting surfaced on Mother Jones this morning.

    The FBI has confirmed the request and is looking into the allegation, according to Paul Bresson, an agency spokesman..

    They're going even further--accusing the "left" of going after him using "Nixonian" tactics:  

    “We’ve always said the Left will stop at nothing to attack Sen. McConnell, but Nixonian tactics to bug campaign headquarters is above and beyond,” McConnell campaign manager Jesse Benton said in a statement.

    He added: “Senator McConnell’s campaign is working with the FBI and has notified the local U.S. Attorney in Louisville, per FBI request, about these recordings. Obviously a recording device of some kind was placed in Senator McConnell’s campaign office without consent.  By whom and how that was accomplished presumably will be the subject of a criminal investigation...”

    •  It's not the "leak" that bears investigation (4+ / 0-)

      it's the possibility that someone broke the law by taping a conversation between McConnell and others without the consent of any of the parties to the conversation.  As that link states, apparently violating that law can subject the person who did it to criminal penalties and to civil damages.  

      •  If it was a staffer who recorded it, that will (1+ / 0-)
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        backfire as soon as the relevant authority comes back with a "we have not found a violation of the law" conclusion.  That will all but prove that it was a staffer doing the recording, since, in a one-party consent state, any person in the conversation may consent to having the whole conversation recorded.

        The more I read, the more I expect that to be the outcome.

        "The first drawback of anger is that it destroys your inner peace; the second is that it distorts your view of reality. If you come to understand that anger is really unhelpful, you can begin to distance yourself from anger." - The Dalai Lama

        by auron renouille on Wed Apr 10, 2013 at 12:15:47 AM PDT

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