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Scarborough on AP Phone Records Grab: ‘This Is Sinister’

'The decision by the federal government to seize these phone records goes far beyond incompetence'

• May 14, 2013 7:42 am

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Joe Scarborough ripped new revelations that the Department of Justice seized phone records of more than 20 separate telephone lines assigned to the Associated Press and its journalists from April to May of 2012 Tuesday on "Morning Joe."

Scarborough said the Obama Administration's dodging on the Benghazi talking points amounts to incompetence, while the DOJ's seizure of phone records is far more sinister and incriminating for the administration:

CARL BERNSTEIN: Once you start on this path, it expands. That's what happens, that's why you shouldn't be doing it in the first place.

MIKE BARNICLE: It gets to government incompetence.

CARL BERNSTEIN: Well, the incompetence is not foreseeing that this is going to blow up in your face.

MIKE BARNICLE: yeah.

CARL BERNSTEIN: There's no excuse for this because it is targeted at intimidation. There's no reason for that.

JOE SCARBOROUGH: And, you know, yesterday, Mika, we were talking about Carl said this administration is not criminal like the Nixon Administration. I said, well, "at least they're incompetent," we all agreed on that, in these matters. But you know what, this goes beyond incompetence. This is sinister. This is — the decision by the federal government to seize these phone records goes far beyond incompetence. And that's what's so disturbing This morning.