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FBI Investigating Recording of McConnell Talks

By: Ap Email
By: Ap Email

McConnell campaign manager Jesse Benton said Tuesday his staff is working with the FBI because of what he called "Watergate-style tactics" to bug the office.

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) -- The FBI has been asked to look into whether Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell's campaign headquarters was bugged after a recording of a private campaign meeting surfaced in a liberal-leaning magazine.

McConnell campaign manager Jesse Benton said Tuesday his staff is working with the FBI because of what he called "Watergate-style tactics" to bug the office.

Mother Jones magazine published the recording of the February meeting in which McConnell aides were discussing research into potential Democratic challengers, including actress Ashley Judd, who later decided not to run. Aides talked on the recording about Judd's political positions, religious beliefs and mental health.

Benton said a recording device had been placed in McConnell's office without consent.

The FBI confirmed that it was contacted by McConnell's office and was looking into the matter. The magazine's Washington bureau chief, David Corn, said in a statement that the magazine wasn't involved in making the tape but understood it wasn't the result of any bugging operation.

AP-WF-04-10-13 0138GMT


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