Gov't: Followed procedures in AP subpoena fight

Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department has told Congress that the department acted properly and followed all legal procedures correctly in subpoenaing phone records of The Associated Press during a leak investigation.

At the same time, Attorney General Eric Holder held a fourth round of meetings with news organizations on possible improvements to procedures that currently allow the department to secretly gather phone records of news organizations without prior notification.

The discussions were ordered last week by President Barack Obama, who gave Holder until July 12 to recommend the improvements.

The Justice Department subpoenaed some of the AP's phone records in a criminal probe seeking to identify the sources of information for a May 2012 AP story that disclosed details about a foiled bomb plot in Yemen.

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