By: Todd Shields
Federal officials missed a Sept. 24 deadline set by U.S. Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, for them to explain the May subpoena of an Associated Press reporter’s home telephone records.
But they’re not off the hook. Grassley is “in close contact” with Department of Justice officials and letting them know he expects an answer, said Grassley spokeswoman Jill Kozeny.
Justice officials want expanded police powers to fight terrorism. Grassley told them their path may be easier if they either can show they followed procedures in the subpoena aimed at AP reporter John Solomon or admit it was a mistake, Kozeny said.