The chairman of a powerful communications oversight
committee in Congress has asked the leader of a British investigation into News
Corp. phone hacking for any information that might be relevant on this side of
In a letter to Lord Justice Brian Leveson Wednesday,
according to the senator's office, Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-W. Va.), chairman of
the Senate Commerce Committee, asked if the inquiry "has uncovered any new
information suggesting that News International's conduct involved U.S. citizens
or violated U.S. laws."
Rockefeller raised questions about any possible U.S. involvement
last July when the phone hacking scandal investigation was in full swing in
"Today's new request for information comes as the Leveson
Inquiry and other British investigations are disclosing large volumes of new
information and documents about News International's widespread
Free Press earlier this week renewed calls for a
congressional investigation into whether News Corp. violated any U.S. laws.