Sens. Patrick Leahy (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 Obama (D-Ill.), Hillary Clinton (D-N.Y.) and John McCain (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.