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Good news for D.C. politicos: Corruption-hunting U.S. Attorney Ron Machen has a lot on his plate. While Machen authored the Friday letter that informed the Associated Press that the Department of Justice had secretly seized two months’ worth of its phone records, it wasn’t clear how closely involved Machen was. Today, however, a DOJ official speaking on background confirmed that Machen is directing the FBI investigation.

But Machen isn’t running the operation alone. With Attorney General Eric Holder recused from the case, Machen has been working under the supervision of Deputy Attorney General James Cole.

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