The blow-back from Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation hacking scandal may have just jumped the pond as now both Republicans and Democrats are calling on the Department of Justice and FBI to investigate allegations that the group hacked into the voice mail accounts of Sept. 11 victims.
Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va) was the first to call for an investigation saying the scandal abroad raises “serious questions about whether the company has broken U.S. law”. Rockefeller is the chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation. The group was sent a letter by the watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, (CREW) who also called for an investigation.
That call was later joined by New York Republican Pete King who sent his own letter addressed to FBI Director Robert Mueller saying that the journalists should face felony charges if the allegations are proven true.
While the details of the scandal are still emerging, at least one law professor thinks it is possible that US criminal laws were violated.
So far Federal Communications Commission has taken a hands off approach to the scandal investigation, choosing instead to let UK investigators take the lead.
There seems to be little immediate impact on Murdoch’s stateside media empire beyond just bad press. A number of key members of the family which used to controlled The Wall Street Journal say they would not have agreed to sell the paper to Murdoch had they known of the chronic and severe ethical lapses by the Murdoch group. But otherwise, until Congress or the Department of Justice decides to step in, it looks like Murdoch will be business as usual stateside.
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