Renzi lawyers accuse feds of leaks


A lawyer for U.S. Rep. Rick Renzi on Friday accused the Justice Department of leaking information on an investigation of the Arizona congressman so he would talk about it on a wiretapped cell phone.

Renzi attorney Reid Weingarten told Magistrate Bernardo Velasco in Tucson that the leaks to media amount to misconduct. A prosecutor said the government investigated the leaks but couldnt find a source.

?This wiretap over a month recorded over 50 calls with lawyers,? Weingarten said during the second day of a hearing on the retiring Republicans request to have corruption charges dismissed. ?These were real lawyers, and they were real attorney-client privileged conversations.?

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