So when the FBI bowed to pressure from Justice Department lawyers they might be overstepping their authority, the Bureau sought to cover their butts. The Washington Post reports:
"Under pressure to provide a stronger legal footing, counterterrorism agents last year wrote new letters to phone companies demanding the information the bureau already possessed. At least one senior FBI headquarters official -- whom the bureau declined to name -- signed these 'national security letters' without including the required proof that the letters were linked to FBI counterterrorism or espionage investigations, an FBI official said."DoJ Inspector General Glenn Fine filed a March 9 report declaring the FBI's use of the letters "circumvented" the law.
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