It emerged late Thursday that the Justice Department had secretly seized years of email and phone records of a New York Times reporter in connection with a leak investigation. This marks a clear escalation of the Trump administration’s attempts to intimidate journalists and their sources. In doing so, it seems that the Justice Department may have violated its own policies for obtaining reporters’ communications — strict standards that are in place because of the importance the Constitution places on freedom of the press.

This is a big deal and is one of the first steps towards a totalitarian state, no free press.

Source: How the Justice Department’s Seizure of a Reporter’s Email Records Subverts the Free Press | American Civil Liberties Union

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