MSNBC broke the story that back in January two employees of the U.S. State Department were fired because they had been looking into the passport data of Barack Obama. The further shock is that the senator did not know about it until this evening, some 50 days after it had happened.
There will be more information coming in in the next few hours, but already there is suspicion that it could have been politically motivated. Recall that Bush's father looked into Bill Clinton's passport file back in 1991, purportedly to see if he ever traveled to Moscow.
We will have to wait for further details, but there are few surprises anymore about how far this administration will go for their own political purposes.