Leahy & Specter Want Answers on Presidential Passport Breaches

The top Democrat and Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee sent a letter today urging Attorney General Michael Mukasey to take "immediate action" toward investigating the breach of passport information of all 3 leading presidential candidates.

Sens. Patrick LeahyPatrick LeahyGrassley hints at changes on email privacy reform Stick to the facts on the Cuba travel ban 19 months before deadline, lawmakers draw battle lines on spying powers MORE (D-Vt.) and Arlen Specter (R-Penn.) want the Justice Department to examine any possible violations of federal privacy law involved in the breach. Mukasey had said he would wait for a State Deparment investigation to conclude, but Leahy and Specter want him to push ahead.

The passport information of presidential contenders Barack ObamaBarack ObamaClinton allies blame Bernie for bad polls Bill Press: Bernie is not a threat John Feehery: GOP: Listen to Reince MORE (D-Ill.), Hillary ClintonHillary Rodham ClintonBig-name donors join Trump fundraising team Romney should endorse Clinton Trump aide: Trump paid 'lowest tax rate possible' MORE (D-N.Y.) and John McCainJohn McCainBig-name donors join Trump fundraising team Defense bill renews fight over military sexual assault Senators tout 4.5B defense spending bill that sticks to budget MORE (R-Ariz.) were all viewed by State Department contractors without permission. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has apologized for the breech.

The letter coincides with a push from both Senators to get floor time for their privacy bill, as reported by J. Taylor Rushing.

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