Rosenstein, DOJ eyeing measures to make spying on journalists easier

Rosenstein, DOJ eyeing measures to make spying on journalists easier
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[Ed. – This is ostensibly about identifying the source(s) of leaks.  I don’t like it.  In the hands of the wrong administration, everyone in America who puts something on Facebook could be treated as a “journalist” by the DOJ/FBI.]

For months now, the Department of Justice (DOJ) quietly has been working on a revision to its guidelines governing how, when and why prosecutors can obtain the records of journalists, particularly in leak cases.

The work has been supervised by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein’s office, especially since former Attorney General Jeff Sessions departed, but is not wrapped up. …

Acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker is aware of the effort but has not been given a final recommendation. Sources close to Whitaker say he will await final judgment but, in recent days, has developed reservations about proceeding with the plan. …

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Multiple sources familiar with the ongoing DOJ review tell me that it has two main goals. The first is to lower the threshold that prosecutors must meet before requesting subpoenas for journalists’ records…

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