According to sources within the GOP, the  FBI has been been called in to investigate the bugging of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McDonnell’s reelection campaign office.

Last night, Mother Jones published a secret recording of McConnell discussing opposition research on Ashley Judd.

On February 2, Mitch McConnell, the Republican leader in the US Senate, opened up his 2014 reelection campaign headquarters in Louisville, Kentucky, and in front of several dozen supporters vowed to “point out” the weaknesses of any opponent fielded by the Democrats. “They want to fight? We’re ready,” he declared. McConnell was serious: Later that day, he was huddling with aides in a private meeting to discuss how to attack his possible Democratic foes, including actor/activist Ashley Judd, who was then contemplating challenging the minority leader. During this strategy session—a recording of which was obtained by Mother Jones—McConnell and his aides considered assaulting Judd for her past struggles with depression and for her religious views.

There is nothing wrong with “secret camera” journalism such as what Veratas and other’s like them do. This however is over the line extreme….bugging the campaign offices of the minority leader of the senate.  That is a federal crime which brings back memories of Watergate.

In fact McConnell Campaign Manager Jesse Benton issued this statement, 

 “We’ve always said the Left will stop at nothing to attack Sen. McConnell, but Nixonian tactics to bug campaign headquarters is above and beyond.”

“Senator McConnell’s campaign is working with the FBI and has notified the local U.S. Attorney in Louisville, per FBI request, about these recordings,” 

“Obviously a recording device of some kind was placed in Senator McConnell’s campaign office without consent. By whom and how that was accomplished presumably will be the subject of a criminal investigation.”

As for what the campaign said about Ms. Judd—Ashley had entered the big time and the McConnell campaign was going to show her what its like to play with the pros.  The session featured the Senator and his aides discussing how they would attack Judd including, her anti-Faith and anti-Family stances and even her bouts with depression.

As you can see in the video below, it is nothing as severe as saying someone hasn’t paid taxes for ten years or put their dog on the top of the car…in fact unlike the Democratic opposition research, McConnell’s team was looking at truth.