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 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.

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