Department of Justice

AP President Believes the News Agency's Constitutional Rights Were Violated

Wants Obama to "rein in" the investigation


Associated Press President Gary Pruitt says the Justice Department sent a strong – and negative—message to future sources that the government would go after them if they spoke to the press. It's a move Pruitt called not only unconstitutional, but damaging to the ideal of a free press in the country in his first television interviews on the scandal Sunday.

In a separate interview with the AP, Pruitt said, "It's too early to know if we'll take legal action but I can tell you we are positively displeased and we do feel that our constitutional rights have been violated."