Did David Corn Break the Law?
2:20 PM, Apr 11, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
David Corn, the Mother Jones writer who released the "secret tape" of a Mitch McConnell campaign meeting, might have broken the law by publishing information that appears to have been obtained illegally, according to sources.
Asked about how the tape was obtained yesterday on TV, Corn said, "We did not make the tape. We were provided the tape. And that it is our understanding that the tape was not part of any Watergate style bugging operation, as Mitch McConnell has claimed it to be."
But as details trickle out, it seems Corn might not have been particularly forthright about the tactics used.
Now, it's being reported that two members of Kentucky Progress, a local liberal organization, "were able to hear the meeting from the hallway," according to WFPL.org.
From the hallway, they are believed to have recorded, which is a possible violation of the law.
And if it is--a question prosecutors will likely have to grapple with very soon--then Corn's publishing of that illegally obtained information might also be a violation of the law.
That is, if this Kentucky law on "Divulging illegally obtained information" is applicable in this instance:
One GOP campaign veteran says, "Based on my reading of the relevant Kentucky statute, If Corn knowingly took this tape from the 'Louisville Plumbers' he's breaking the law here too. Or maybe he thinks his previous comments on this whole botched operation are 'no longer operative.'"
The FBI is still investigating, and has gone to the McConnell campaign headquarters and pulled video surveillance tape from the building.
UPDATE: Fox News provides more information on Mother Jones's possible connection to the source:
UPDATE: Brad Daypsring of the National Republican Senatorial Committee targets Corn:
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