MURPHY STATEMENT ON COLLECTION OF PHONE RECORDS FROM THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

WASHINGTON—U.S. Senator Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) released the following statement regarding reports that the U.S. Department of Justice has collected telephone records from reporters and editors at Associated Press bureaus in Washington, New York, and Hartford:

We rely on the Department of Justice to enforce federal laws in our country and help keep Americans safe, and we trust that the leadership there is working steadfastly to accomplish that mission. It's incumbent on the Justice Department to explain why they've seized telephone records from reporters and editors at The Associated Press so that their actions don't have a chilling effect on the freedom of the press.