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Senator Hatch Puts Staffer On Leave After Hacking Probe

The chairman of the Judiciary Committee says the decision was made after an investigation involving the possible theft of memos from the systems of two Democratic senators. Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, has placed one of his staff members on paid administrative leave as the result of an investigation involving the possible theft of memos from the systems of two Democratic senators. “I was shocked to learn this may have occurred. I am mortified that this improper, unethical, and simply unacceptable breach of confidential files may have occurred on my watch,” Hatch said in a statement released Tuesday. According to Hatch’s statement, the investigation began Nov. 16, after Hatch consulted with the Senate sergeant-at-arms as well as Sens. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., and Edward Kennedy, D-Mass. That action followed assertions from Kennedy and Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., that memos were lifted from their servers and had been leaked to the media. The memos allegedly involve Democratic strategy to thwart the confirmation of several of President Bush’s judicial nominees. Full Story

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