Senator calls for investigation into News Corp's US arm
RUPERT Murdoch was facing the prospect of an investigation into his US companies last night, as powerful senators questioned whether News Corp had broken US laws and engaged in "criminal" activity. One key US senator called for "the appropriate agencies" of the US government to examine whether its citizens were targeted by phone hacking , including victims of the 9/11 attacks.
Senator Jay Rockefeller, a Democrat from West Virginia, said that in the event of an investigation his "bet" was that "we'll find some criminal stuff".
"I am concerned that the admitted phone hacking in London by News Corp may have extended to 9/11 victims or other Americans. If they did, the consequences will be severe," added Mr Rockefeller.
Victims' families reacted angrily to reports the 'News of the World' tried to buy phone records of loved ones from an ex-New York police officer .
Mr Rockefeller wrote a letter with Senator Barbara Boxer of California, the chairwoman of the select committee on ethics, urging Eric Holder, the attorney general, and Mary Schapiro, chairwoman of the Securities and Exchange Commission, to investigate News Corp.
"The allegations against News Corporation are very serious, indicate a pattern of illegal activity, and involve thousands of potential victims," the letter said. (© Daily Telegraph, London)