Republican chief says Attorney General Holder should go

The Justice Department's secret review of Associated Press phone records means Eric Holder has to resign, says Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus.

WASHINGTON — The chairman of the Republican National Committee says Attorney General Eric Holder should resign over the decision by the Justice Department to secretly obtain two months of telephone records of reporters and editors for The Associated Press.

RNC Chairman Reince Priebus says Holder has "trampled on the First Amendment" by allowing the Justice Department he heads to issue secret subpoenas to "spy" on the AP. The amendment in the U.S. Constitution guarantees a free press.

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At the same time, the American Society of News Editors called the actions "outrageous" and "appalling."

The records obtained by the Justice Department for April and May 2012 listed calls for the work and personal phone numbers of individual reporters and AP office numbers in New York, Washington and Hartford, Conn.