Trump’s DoJ secretly obtained Washington Post journalists’ phone numbers and email addresses

As part of their once common Friday Night News Dump during the Trump administration, the Washington Post reported Friday that Trump’s DoJ ‘secretly obtained their journalists’ phone records and tried to obtain their email records over reporting they did in the early months of the Trump administration on Russia’s role in the 2016 election, according to government letters and officials.’

Cameron Barr, The Post’s acting executive editor, said: “We are deeply troubled by this use of government power to seek access to the communications of journalists. The Department of Justice should immediately make clear its reasons for this intrusion into the activities of reporters doing their jobs, an activity protected under the First Amendment.”

The information the DoJ obtained dates from April 15, 2017 to July 31, 2017. They hoped they could find leaked sources and information pertaining to Russia’s involvement in the 2016 election. However, the ‘letters do not say precisely when the reporters’ records were taken and reviewed, but a department spokesman said the decision to do so came in 2020,’ during the Trump administration under the Billy Barr’s reign of terror.

Read more from the link above. In the event of a paywall, NBC also has the article:

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