Specter drops bid to subpoena phone companies on alleged record turnover Joshua Pantesco at 9:48 AM ET
[JURIST] Sen. Arlen Specter (R-PA), chairman of the US Senate Judiciary Committee, has said that he has abandoned his plan to subpoena executives of three top phone companies after Vice President Dick Cheney said Tuesday that national security concerns would prevent executives from speaking about allegedly providing phone records to the NSA. Verizon and BellSouth [JURIST, AP reports] have denied the USA Todayreport accusing them of turning customer phone records over to the NSA [JURIST report], while AT&T has refused to comment.
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