DOJ Says It Will No Longer Seize Reporters' Records In Investigating Leaks

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David McCraw, the New York Times' top lawyer, said the move was "unprecedented" and the gag order had been lifted Friday, according to the report.

Justice Department spokesman Anthony Coley said the department notified the four reporters on Wednesday that it had obtained their phone call records past year and that it had sought to obtain non-content email records as part of 'a criminal investigation into the unauthorized disclosure of classified information'.

Trump's DOJ secretly obtained the phone records of four NYT journalists, the The Times reported.

President Biden had appeared to support ending the practice, and last month declared it "simply, simply wrong" after it emerged that the Trump administration secretly obtained 2017 records of a CNN correspondent.

He added that the "department strongly values a free press, protecting First Amendment values, and is committed to taking all appropriate steps to ensure the independence of journalists".

Democratic and Republican administrations alike have used subpoenas and court orders to obtain journalists' records in an effort to identify sources who have revealed classified information.

The Justice Department under former Attorney General Eric Holder announced revised guidelines for leak investigations, requiring additional levels of review before a journalist could be subpoenaed - though it did not end the practice.

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The reversal from the Justice Department is a key change from the historic tactics by administrations of both parties for leak investigations, which seek to uncover sources used in various articles.

The Times was not informed of the attempt by the Trump administration, according to the report.

In the statement Saturday, Psaki said "no one at the White House" had been aware of the gag order until Friday night.

Even so, it marked a startling reversal concerning a practice that has persisted across multiple presidential administrations. "Clearly, Google did the right thing, but it should never have come to this", New York Times Executive Editor Dean Baquet told the newspaper, which reported that the gag order prevented executives from telling him about the issue.

Following the disclosure Wednesday, Times reporter Adam Goldman tweeted that the Justice Department had "now secretly seized my phone records twice", under both Obama and Trump.

Separately on Saturday, the Justice Department said it was withdrawing its subpoena that demanded USA Today provide information to identify readers of a story about a suspect in a child pornography case who fatally shot two Federal Bureau of Investigation agents in February.

The journalists are neither the subjects nor the targets of the investigation, Coley said.

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