Judge Demands White House Turn Over Wiretap Memos
He'll determine if their public release would jeopardize national security
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser User
Posted Nov 2, 2008 7:16 AM CST
President Bush stands with Attorney General Michael Mukasey as he speaks to the National Association of Attorneys General earlier this year about warrantless wiretapping.   (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
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(Newser) – A federal judge has ordered the Justice Department to turn over legal memos related to the government's policy allowing warrantless wiretapping, reports the Los Angeles Times. The memos must be turned over by Nov. 17 for review by US District Judge Henry Kennedy, who will determine if releasing them would jeopardize national security—as the Justice Department has claimed—or if they should be declassified and subject to public scrutiny.