Holder defends subpoenas for AP phone records

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WASHINGTON (AP) - Attorney General Eric Holder says a serious national security leak made necessary the secret gathering of telephone records at The Associated Press.
   
Holder today stood by the investigation during testimony to a House committee, though he insisted he had no involvement in it. That prompted one Republican to complain that there seems to be no "acceptance of responsibility for things that have gone wrong."
   
The attorney general testified that he has faith in the individuals conducting the investigation -- driven partly by Republican outrage last year over the possibility that administration officials leaked information to enhance President Barack Obama's national security reputation in an election year.
   
Holder says it was the Justice Department's number-2 official -- Deputy Attorney General James Cole -- who made the decision to seek news media phone records.
   
Holder's comments came as he was grilled on several scandals rocking the administration. They include the targeting of conservative groups by the IRS, and any possible missteps in sharing intelligence information before the bombings in Boston.
 

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