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The Hill: Dem asks Issa to investigate News Corp.


-By Jordy Yager 

July 14, 2011- A Democratic lawmaker is calling on Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) to investigate allegations that Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp. bribed foreign law enforcement officials and possibly hacked the phones of U.S. citizens.

Rep. Bruce Braley (D-Iowa), who sits on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, called on the panel’s chairman to investigate whether the U.S.-based company has violated U.S. laws and the rights of U.S. victims of 9/11.

“Our committee has jurisdiction to look into these very troubling allegations against News Corp. and find out whether any federal laws were violated such as the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, which prohibits U.S. companies from bribing foreign officials or other types of criminal violations,” Braley said Thursday in an interview with CNN.

The controversy surrounding News Corp. came to a head this week as one of the company’s best-selling British newspapers, the News of the World, was shuttered over allegations that employees bribed U.K. law enforcement officials and illegally hacked phones in pursuit of stories.

Braley said he was worried that U.S. citizens also may have had their cell phone records targeted, saying, “We owe it to the American public to find out if victims have been subject to criminal actions by News Corporation and its affiliates.”

Issa told The Hill on Wednesday evening that it was still too early to determine whether the committee would look into the issue, but that he would talk to his staff of investigators and counsels.

“Nothing is completely off limits, but let me look into it and get back to you,” he said.

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