[Ed. – Of course it did. The text even explains why – which I correctly guessed before even reading it. The hunt was for the government employees who were feloniously leaking information to the media — and DOJ has every right to hunt them down, including by means of subpoenaing journalists’ phone records.]
The Justice Department defended its decision to subpoena Post reporters’ records as an investigative step of last resort that was not taken lightly. …
[S]aid Marc Raimondi, a spokesman for the Justice Department … “The targets of these investigations are not the news media recipients but rather those with access to the national defense information who provided it to the media and thus failed to protect it as lawfully required.”
The phone records taken include the numbers of all the calls made to and from the targeted phone over the specified time period, and how long each call lasted, but do not include what was said in those phone calls. Investigators often hope such records will provide clues about possible sources the reporters were in contact with before a particular story published.