U.S. Justice Dept. says it'll no longer seize reporters' records

Biden's pledge on media freedom may be easier said than done

Biden's pledge on media freedom may be easier said than done

The battle was over an effort by the Justice Department to seize email logs from Google, which operates the Times's email system and had resisted the effort to obtain the information, the report said.

The Justice Department has informed another one of former President Trump's least favorite media outlets that it secretly seized its reporters' phone records during his administration. After the most recent revelation - that the Justice Department in the Trump administration had secretly seized the phone records of four New York Times reporters - White House press secretary Jen Psaki reaffirmed the commitment to freedom of the press.

"Going forward, consistent with the President's direction, this Department of Justice - in a change to its longstanding practice - will not seek compulsory legal process in leak investigations to obtain source information from members of the news media doing their jobs", department spokesman Anthony Coley said in a statement.

Later in May, the Justice Department revealed the previous administration had also secretly obtained phone and email records from 2017 of CNN's pentagon correspondent Barbara Starr.

The gap in time likely reflects that the Justice Department regards the seizure of phone records as a last resort when other avenues in a leak investigation have been exhausted.

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President Joe Biden told The Times last month the practice of seizing reporters records is "simply wrong" and that he will not let it occur under his Justice Department. The department said the reporters are neither subjects nor targets of the investigation, but did not reveal which leak was under investigation. The records cover a four-month period in early 2017 and the Times believes the reporters were investigated in connection with an April 2017 story about former Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey's role in the 2016 election.

News of the seized phone records marks just the latest disclosure about the Trump administration's heavy-handed tactics toward leak investigations involving journalists.

The Trump administration announced a crackdown on leaks in 2017 as part of an aggressive stance.

The Washington Post disclosed last month that the Justice Department had previous year obtained phone records belonging to three of its journalists who covered the investigation into 2016 Russian election interference and CNN later revealed that the department had seized phone records of its Pentagon correspondent, Barbara Starr.

After blowback, Holder announced a revised set of guidelines for leak investigations, including requiring the authorization of the highest levels of the department before subpoenas for news media records could be issued.

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