Today, Washington DC is abuzz about a breach of security that took place in Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s campaign office, last February. His reelection campaign has asked the FBI to find out how a strategy session regarding Ashley Judd was recorded, and who was behind the recording that was obtained by Mother Jones magazine and posted on YouTube.
McConnell’s campaign manager Jesse Benton said in a statement, “Senator McConnell’s campaign is working with the FBI and has notified the local U.S. Attorney in Louisville, per FBI request, about these recordings. Obviously a recording device of some kind was placed in Senator McConnell’s campaign office without consent. By whom and how that was accomplished presumably will be the subject of a criminal investigation.”
Added a source close to the campaign: “We’re going on the assumption that a crime has been committed. No one at the meeting leaked this.”
Earlier in the day, the McConnell campaign had thrown a party to officially open his offices.
There were about 75 invitation-only guests at the event.
The McConnell campaign accused the culprits of using “Nixonian tactics” in the bugging of the campaign’s headquarters.
But David Corn, the Mother Jones reporter who broke the story, stood by his reporting according to ABC News:
Mother Jones said the recording was provided to them last week “by a source who requested anonymity.” In a statement they said they “were not involved in the making of the tape, but we published a story on the tape due to its obvious newsworthiness.”
“It is our understanding that the tape was not the product of a Watergate-style bugging operation,” the statement reads.
The discussion itself was about what you’d expect to hear at such a strategy session:
Most of the discussion focuses on Judd’s liberal positions, including support for gay marriage and President Barack Obama’s health-care reform law. It’s unclear how long McConnell was present during the session.
You can listen to the recording, here.