Cruz: DOJ Targeted Reporters Critical of Obama
On Monday, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) accused the Justice Department (DOJ) of targeting reporters because they were critical of the Obama administration.
According to The Hill, Cruz's assertion is "the first time a lawmaker has suggested publicly that the White House is cracking down on reporters over critical media coverage."
“We have seen a consistent pattern in this administration, and the pattern is a willingness to use the machinery of government to target those they perceive as their political enemies,” Cruz said on Fox News, according to the publication. “That was true with the IRS, and it’s true with the Department of Justice, in targeting reporters, targeting Fox News, going after reporters that would dare be critical of this administration."
The Justice Department is under fire for subpoenaing phone records of AP reporters and obtaining the private email and phone records of Fox News reporter James Rosen to pursue leaks.
Cruz said the Justice Department's actions were yet another example of how Obama has used big government for partisan ends.
“This administration has been willing to disregard the constitution, disregard the Bill of Rights, the First Amendment, the Second Amendment, the Fourth and Fifth Amendments with drone policy, to set aside the constraints of the law for partisan ends,” Cruz said.
As a result, Cruz said "the people’s trust in the integrity of government has been undermined, and it hadn’t been helped by the fact that the administration has been willing to mislead the American people."