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WSLG137 – Speech or Debate Clause Immunity for Members and Staff – 7/27/2012

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Author: Alissa M. Dolan

Pages: 2

On June 28, during the floor debate on a vote to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress, Rep. Darrell Issa entered details about court-sealed wiretap applications into the Congressional Record. Reportedly, Rep. Issa received these documents, which were previously undisclosed, from a source inside the Department of Justice. In a different situation, this public disclosure may have violated the federal wiretap law, originally passed in 1968, which appears to give a judge the sole authority to permit disclosure of court-sealed wiretap documents to the public.

 

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