We can confirm that Sen. McConnell’s office reported this matter to us and we are looking into it.Paul Bresson, FBI spokesman • Confirming that the FBI is investigating the circumstances of a recording released by Mother Jones today, of a private meeting between Senator Mitch McConnell and his aides regarding a possible Senate challenge from Ashley Judd (she decided not to run in March). In the audio, McConnell refers to his campaign as in a “Whac-a-Mole” phase, saying “when anybody sticks their head up, do them out.” His aides subsequently talk of exploiting Judd’s views on religion and consumerism, as well as her depression and a past suicide attempt. Upon the release of the recordings, McConnell asserted that it was a “bugging” by “Nixonian” liberals, but we don’t actually know anything yet about who released this, how, and why. But that may not last for long if the FBI’s investigations bear any fruit. source
1 or 2 minutes are missing from the leaked Romney video, according the journalist who obtained it. Mother Jones’ David Corn says his source told him that the recording device “inadvertently shut down or timed-out” during Romney’s speech, and had to be turned back on. “[A]t most, one to two minutes were missed,” Corn told Politico. In response, the conservative activists at Breitbart.com denounced the video’s legitimacy, saying that “there is new reason to suspect manipulation” on the part of Mother Jones when “a large portion of video” is missing. Mother Jones released a total of 67 minutes of video from the event, so the missing footage would amount to roughly 3% of the complete product.