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 LeahyOvernight Cybersecurity: Guccifer plea deal raises questions in Clinton probe Senate panel delays email privacy vote amid concerns Senate amendments could sink email privacy compromise 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 ObamaJohn Bolton slams Obama’s ‘shameful apology tour’ Miss. governor to join lawsuit against Obama transgender policy North Korea calls Obama’s Hiroshima trip ‘childish’ MORE (D-Ill.), Hillary ClintonHillary Rodham ClintonTrump decides he won't debate Bernie Sanders DNC opening platform process to public input Trump credits Sanders for attacks on Clinton MORE (D-N.Y.) and John McCainJohn McCainTrump should apologize to heroic POWs McCain urges sports leagues to return 'paid patriotism' money Senators to Obama: Make 'timely' call on Afghan troops levels 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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