Senator calls for U.S. investigation of News Corp

NEW YORK,  (Reuters) – A U.S. senator called for an  investigation of News Corp following the telephone hacking  scandal at one of its British newspapers, signaling the crisis  could spread to the United States.

Senator John Rockefeller, chairman of the committee on  commerce, science and transportation, said phone-hacking at  News of the World raised “serious questions” about whether the  newspaper’s parent company had broken any U.S. laws.

“I am concerned that the admitted phone hacking in London  by the News Corp. may have extended to 9/11 victims or other  Americans,” he said in a statement on Tuesday. “If they did,  the consequences will be severe.”

So far, the scandal has largely been contained to the  British business of Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp. But News Corp  is based in New York, and owns a clutch of prominent media  properties in the United States, including the Wall Street  Journal, New York Post, and Fox Broadcasting.

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