AP CEO calls records seizure 'unconstitutional'

By: PHILIP ELLIOTT, Associated Press
By: PHILIP ELLIOTT, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Associated Press' president and chief executive says the government's secret seizure of two months of reporters' phone records has already had a chilling effect on newsgathering, a week after the subpoenas were revealed publicly.

Gary Pruitt on Sunday called the Justice Department's actions "unconstitutional" and said the AP hasn't ruled out legal action.

Pruitt says the seizure has made sources less willing to talk to AP journalists and, in the long term, could limit Americans' information from all news outlets.

In a separate interview with the AP, Pruitt said President Barack Obama "should rein in that out-of-control investigation."

Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky says national security leaks to reporters "can get our agents overseas killed" and need to be stopped.

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