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 LeahySenate pressured to take up email privacy bill after overwhelming House vote House unanimously passes email privacy bill This week: Congress on track to miss Puerto Rico deadline 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 ObamaWatch Obama's full correspondents' dinner speech Five ways Trump will attack Clinton Armstrong Williams: Obama 'should get on his knees and pray' MORE (D-Ill.), Hillary ClintonHillary Rodham ClintonJane Sanders emerges as Bernie's go-to messenger Aide: Trump was trying to point out Clinton is a 'failed secretary of State' Sanders on winning nomination: 'It's difficult; it's not impossible' MORE (D-N.Y.) and John McCainJohn McCainExperts warn weapons gap is shrinking between US, Russia and China McCain delivers his own foreign policy speech Republicans who vow to never back Trump 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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