The Justice Department Did Not Wiretap the House Cloakroom

By Philip Bump

May 16, 2013

In an interview with conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt, Rep. Devin Nunes of California dropped a bit of a bombshell: the Department of Justice had tapped the House cloakroom as part of its AP investigation. It's an explosive allegation — and almost certainly an incorrect one.

Nunes and Hewitt were discussing whether or not the Department of Justice could be trusted to investigate the IRS when Nunes made the claim:

DN: No, I absolutely do not, especially after this wiretapping incident, essentially, of the House of Representative. I don’t think people are focusing on the right thing when they talk about going after the AP reporters. The big problem that I see is that they actually tapped right where I’m sitting right now, the Cloakroom.

HH: Wait a minute, this is news to me.

DN: The Cloakroom in the House of Representatives.

The exchange is now on the Drudge Report; it's on The Weekly Standard; it's on Breitbart. The headline or body text usually refers to two things: a wiretapping, and the cloak room. Aside from the words above, there's no evidence of either.

Read more at The Atlantic Wire


By Philip Bump

May 16, 2013

http://www.govexec.com/oversight/2013/05/justice-department-did-not-wiretap-house-cloakroom/63205/