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Senators Urge DOJ To Withdraw Wire Act Opinion

Two U.S. senators are pushing the U.S. Department of Justice to withdraw its 2011 opinion that effectively cleared the way for state-regulated internet casino gambling, according to a letter obtained by GamblingCompliance on Monday.

In that November 21 letter, Republican Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein of California urged Deputy U.S. Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to pull the plug on the 2011 opinion.

The opinion, which was drafted by the Office of Legal Counsel (OLC) within the Department of Justice (DOJ), stated that the federal Wire Act of 1961 was applicable only to internet sports wagering, and not to other forms of online gambling.

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