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Saturday, May 08, 2021

The Justice Department under former President Trump obtained phone records of Washington Post reporters and attempted to get access to their email records surrounding their reporting on Russia's efforts to meddle in the 2016 presidential election, according to a new report.

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"The Washington Post reported Friday that reporters Ellen Nakashima and Greg Miller, who still work for the paper, and Adam Entous, who previously reported for it, received letters from the Department of Justice (DOJ) saying they were "hereby notified that pursuant to legal process the United States Department of Justice received toll records associated with the following telephone numbers for the period from April 15, 2017 to July 31, 2017."

The letters included the reporters' work, home or cellphone numbers covering the time period detailed in the letter. They also said the DOJ sought "non content communication records" for reporters' work email accounts but that the department never got the information."

#1 | Posted by Corky at 2021-05-07 10:49 PM | Reply

pursuant to legal process the United States Department of Justice received toll records

Even more reason to putt Barr under a microscope so as to dissuade future AGs from becoming lap dogs of the POTUS.

#2 | Posted by FedUpWithPols at 2021-05-08 05:42 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

One theory of the case:

DID JOHN DURHAM SEIZE JOURNALISTS' CALL RECORDS?

Update: What Durham is clearly pursuing is charging someone under 18 USC 798 for leaking signals intercepts that seeded three stories:

The David Ignatius story revealing Mike Flynn's calls with Sergei Kislyak had been discovered
The WaPo story revealing that Jared Kushner's effort to set up a back channel with Russia had been discovered
The WaPo story revealing that Jeff Sessions had lied when he said he hadn't spoken to any Russians in his confirmation hearing

www.emptywheel.net

What exactly were Barr and Durham, and now Durham, up to? What are Durham's rules of engagement/investigation now that Garland has replaced Barr?

#3 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2021-05-08 07:44 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

The David Ignatius story revealing Mike Flynn's calls with Sergei Kislyak had been discovered
The WaPo story revealing that Jared Kushner's effort to set up a back channel with Russia had been discovered
The WaPo story revealing that Jeff Sessions had lied when he said he hadn't spoken to any Russians in his confirmation hearing

It's truly amazing that the Trump enablers were willing to use the apparatus of the federal government to investigate/prosecute their political foes yet Trump and others in their admin were doing everything in their power to destroy/discredit that very same apparatus.

#4 | Posted by FedUpWithPols at 2021-05-08 09:47 AM | Reply

Shutting down press freedom is one of the first moves of an autocratic ruler. We are fortunate to have the first amendment. Dotard worked harder discrediting the media than he has worked at anything else in his life. Without the first amendment he would shut down the WP, NYT, CNN, etc. We probably wouldn't know he true story about 1/6 or COVID, we would only know isht that Faux Spews sprays on their viewers.

#5 | Posted by _Gunslinger_ at 2021-05-08 12:44 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

"Dotard worked harder discrediting the media than he has worked at anything else in his life."

Excellent comment. Trump truly believes the role of the President is to be an autocratic leader. And so do about 75 million Americans.

#6 | Posted by snoofy at 2021-05-08 01:09 PM | Reply

The trump cult - where the REAL scandal is people finding out about your crimes. We must get to the bottom of how the truth got out and stop that from ever happening again.

#7 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2021-05-08 06:01 PM | Reply

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