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Disclosure of Court-Authorized Interceptions of Wire Communications to Congressional Committees


An officer of the Department of Justice may disclose tapes of court-authorized interceptions of wire communications to congressional committees without a court order, as long as such disclosure is appropriate to the proper performance of his official duties.

Generally, providing Congress with information in order to help facilitate its constitutionally mandated legislative role is part of the legal obligation of the Executive Branch; however, it is also the Executive’s responsibility to determine when such disclosure would impede its performance of other responsibilities, and thus be inappropriate.

Updated July 9, 2014