"It is revolting to imagine that members of the media would seek to compromise the integrity of a public official for financial gain in the pursuit of yellow journalism," King said in a letter to FBI Director Robert Mueller. "The 9/11 families have suffered egregiously, but unfortunately they remain vulnerable against such unjustifiable parasitic strains."
According to the U.K.'s Daily Mirror, a former New York City police officer who now works as a private investigator claims that News Of The World reporters asked him to get the phone records of dead victims of 9/11, from the days leading up to the attacks. "[The investigator's] presumption was that they wanted the information so they could hack into the Ârelevant voicemails, just like it has been shown they have done in the U.K.," a Mirror source said.
Earlier this week, Citizens For Responsibility and Ethics in Washington called on Congress to investigate the allegations.
Sen. John Rockefeller (D-WV), who chairs the Senate Commerce, Science & Transportation Committee, was the first to call on regulators to investigate the allegations on Tuesday.
Sens. Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) and Bob Menendez (D-NJ) have also called for investigations into whether the phone hacking, which targeted murder victims and public figures, stretched to News Corp.'s holdings in the United States.