A.G. Garland prohibits DOJ probe of journalists’ comms records for leak investigations

A.G. Garland prohibits DOJ probe of journalists’ comms records for leak investigations
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[Ed. – This doesn’t protect journalists.  It will protect federal government felons who are committing crimes by leaking classified information.  The lying-by-misapplied-emphasis on this matter is off the charts.  DOJ doesn’t “seize” anyone’s records, for example — that’s impossible.  The records remain just where they’ve always been.  DOJ looks at them electronically.  But “seizing” records sounds like a terrible thing to do.  Note: one of the chief beneficiaries of this new policy would be Adam Schiff (and/or probably several people who work for him).  Another would be James Comey (and ditto).]

Attorney General Merrick Garland on Monday formally prohibited federal prosecutors from seizing the records of journalists in leak investigations, with limited exceptions, reversing years of department policy.

The new policy largely codifies the commitment Garland made in June, when he said the Justice Department would abandon the practice of seizing reporters’ records as part of efforts to uncover confidential sources. It aims to resolve a politically thorny issue that has long vexed Justice Department prosecutors trying to weigh the media’s First Amendment rights against the government’s desire to protect classified information.

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