June 5, 2021

U.S. Waged Secret Legal Battle to Obtain Emails of 4 Times Reporters

By Charlie Savage Katie Benner

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A push by prosecutors to secretly seize data about four Times reporters’ emails began in the Trump administration and continued under Biden.

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  1. U.S. Waged Secret Legal Battle to Obtain Emails of 4 Times Reporters
  2. The Justice Department fought a secret legal battle to obtain the email logs of four New York Times reporters.
  3. Justice Department Waged Secret Fight for Times Reporters’ Email Logs
  4. Justice Dept. Waged Secret Fight to Get Email Logs of Times Reporters
  5. Justice Dept. Obtained Gag Order on Times Executives in Secret Fight Over Email Logs

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  He added: “The department strongly values a free and independent press, and is committed to upholding the First Amendment.”
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  Last month, Mr. Biden said he would not permit the Justice Department during his administration to seize communications logs that could reveal reporters’ sources, calling the practice “simply, simply wrong.” (Under the Obama administration, the Justice Department had gone after such data in several leak investigations.)
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+ On Saturday, Jen Psaki, the White House press secretary, released a statement reiterating the president’s policy and distancing the White House from the department’s effort to obtain email data from Times reporters.
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+ “As appropriate given the independence of the Justice Department in specific criminal cases, no one at the White House was aware of the gag order until Friday night,” Ms. Psaki said.
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+ In a separate statement on Saturday, the Justice Department said it had updated its policy involving reporters’ records.
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  The letter this week disclosing the seizure of phone records involving the Times reporters — Matt Apuzzo, Adam Goldman, Eric Lichtblau and Michael S. Schmidt — had hinted at the existence of the separate fight over data that would show whom they had been in contact with over email.
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  The letters said the government had also acquired a court order to seize logs of their emails, but “no records were obtained,” providing no further details. But with the lifting of the gag order, Mr. McCraw said he had been freed to explain what had happened.
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  • U.S. Waged Secret Legal Battle to Obtain Emails of 4 Times Reporters
  • The Justice Department fought a secret legal battle to obtain the email logs of four New York Times reporters.
  • Justice Department Waged Secret Fight for Times Reporters’ Email Logs
  • Justice Dept. Waged Secret Fight to Get Email Logs of Times Reporters
  • Justice Dept. Obtained Gag Order on Times Executives in Secret Fight Over Email Logs

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  • Baquet, Dean
  • Biden, Joseph R Jr
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  • Justice Department
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  • Russian Interference in 2016 US Elections and Ties to Trump Associates
  • Schmidt, Michael S
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  • Trump, Donald J
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