Seizing the phone records of journalists profoundly undermines press freedom. It threatens to silence the sources we depend on to provide the public with essential information about what the government is doing. — Dean Baquet, the executive editor of The New York Times
Seizing the phone records of journalists profoundly undermines press freedom. It threatens to silence the sources we depend on to provide the public with essential information about what the government is doing. — Dean Baquet, the executive editor of The New York Times
Trump DOJ secretly pulled phone records for 4 New York Times reporters during an investigation into a leak
  • Trump's DOJ secretly obtained the phone records of four NYT journalists, the The Times reported.
  • Three Washington Post reporters and CNN's Barbara Starr also faced similar seizures.
  • Biden has called the practice "simply wrong" and said that his DOJ will not do it.
The records, which were from a four-month period in 2017, were seized in 2020 during an investigation into a leak, The Times reported.

"Seizing the phone records of journalists profoundly undermines press freedom," Dean Baquet, the executive editor of The Times, said in a statement. "It threatens to silence the sources we depend on to provide the public with essential information about what the government is doing."

The four Times reporters targeted were Matt Apuzzo, Adam Goldman, Eric Lichtblau and Michael S. Schmidt. The Justice Department did not indicate which of their articles was being scrutinized, but The Times said the reporters and timing suggested it was an April 2017 report about FBI Director James Comey's handling of politically sensitive investigations during the 2016 election.


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.

"I don't care who is president — Republican or Democrat — I will always try to inform the public," the tweet continued.

Federal investigators have long-seized records from journalists, a controversial practice heavily used under the Obama administration and under Trump.

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.
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