Justice Dept. Says It’ll No Longer Seize Reporters’ Records
The practice received renewed scrutiny over the past month as Justice Department officials alerted reporters that their phone records had been obtained during the Trump administration.
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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department said Saturday that it no longer will secretly obtain reporters’ records during leak investigations, a policy shift that abandons a practice decried by news organizations and press freedom groups. The reversal follows a pledge last month by President Joe Biden, who had said it was “simply, simply wrong” to seize journalists’ records and that his Justice Department would halt the practice. The tactic of using subpoenas and court orders…