Nunes Clarifies DOJ Phone-Tapping Allegation

by Jonathan Strong

Yesterday, on High Hewitt’s radio show, Representative Devin Nunes, a California Republican, seemed to allege that the Justice Department had also “tapped” phone lines in the cloakroom, a room for lawmakers near the House floor.

That, in addition to the secret seizure of Associated Press call logs, would have raised serious balance of power issues.

A spokesman for Nunes, however, tells National Review Online that the congressman didn’t mean to make that claim.

“There was a little confusion between him and the host during the conversation: He did not mean to refer to phone records of the cloakroom itself, but of the Capitol,” said Nunes spokesman Jack Langer.

DOJ did seize call logs for a phone in the Capitol used by AP reporters, but that phone is in the press gallery, not the cloakroom.

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