The former general counsel of
In an interview with the Los Angeles Times, Lawrence "Lon" Jacobs -- who was News Corp. general counsel at the time -- said "we never got it" when asked about a report in the
Jacobs said of the fax that "there is no record that it was ever received" and went on to say that if he had learned of a Justice Department investigation of a Fox News reporter, "the first thing I would have done is call [Fox News Chairman]
News Corp., which intially said it had gotten an official notice from DOJ, on Sunday issued a statement saying it in fact had not received anything. "While we don't take issue with the DOJ's account that they sent a notice to News Corp., we do not have a record of ever having received it. We are looking into this matter," the company said.
A Fox News executive said the cable network never received notice from the DOJ of an investigation into Rosen.
Last week, Ailes blasted the Obama administration for the probe into Rosen.
"We reject the government's efforts to criminalize the pursuit of investigative journalism and falsely characterize a Fox News reporter to a Federal judge as a 'co-conspirator' in a crime," Ailes wrote. "The administration's attempt to intimidate Fox News and its employees will not succeed and their excuses will stand neither the test of law, the test of decency, nor the test of time. We will not allow a climate of press intimidation, unseen since the McCarthy era, to frighten any of us away from the truth."
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