Is anyone surprised that the Republicans voted against a bill that would have prevented the AP incident? Is anyone surprised that Issa voted against it?
Issa didn’t mention that he voted against a measure that would have protected the AP from the DOJ’s subpoena in 2007. Issa was one of 21 House members who opposed the Free Flow of Information Act of 2007, a measure that would have forbidden federal investigators from compelling journalists to give evidence without first obtaining a court order. The bill included a section that specifically forbid subpoenaing journalists’ phone records from “communication service providers” to the same extent that the law protected the journalists themselves.
... It was defeated, however, by a Republican filibuster in the Senate the following year.