GOP Candidate Threatens to Sue Politico Reporter for Releasing Audio of Profane Phone Call

Caputo BonginoSecret-Service-agent-turned-Maryland-Senate-candidate-turned-Maryland-House-candidate-turned-Florida-House-candidate Dan Bongino told a reporter Monday that he was considering suing Politico’s Marc Caputo for releasing audio of a recorded phone call between the two.

Bongino turned nasty during the call, dropping f-bomb after f-bomb and calling Caputo a “piece of sh*t.” But after Caputo released the audio, Bongino told IJReview’s Joe Perticone that he’s considering legal action.

“Bongino said that just because a conversation is ‘on the record,’ it does not mean the reporter has a right to record the conversation,” Perticone relayed Monday. “Bongino told Independent Journal Review he will be seeking legal action against Caputo for recording the call.”

But before the call, Caputo appeared to inform Bongino that he would be recording it in a tweet.

Bongino responded two minutes later asking Caputo to call.

In a statement to Mediaite, Caputo blasted Bongino for his “totally meritless threat,” calling the recording completely legal:

After he told me to call him, I notified him publicly on Twitter that he would have to supply me with his phone number so that I could give him a ring. “I’ll record,” I wrote. He replied to that message (meaning he read it) and asked me for my email. Upon being supplied the number, I phoned him and made good on my pledge to record.

I understand Dan is still angry, but if he’s a real conservative, he won’t engage in this quixotic vendetta that will prove to be a complete waste of the courts’ time and the taxpayers’ money in his newly adopted state.

The Bongino campaign did not respond to Mediaite’s request for comment.

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