As it turned out, the administration of former US President Donald Trump had tapes of phone calls and email correspondence from four journalists from the New York Times (NYT) newspaper in 2017.
According to NYT News, in the notification sent to the newspaper by the US Department of Justice, prosecutors’ conversations and correspondence between NYT reporters Matt Apuzzo, Adam Goldman, Eric Lichtblau and Michael S. Schmidt from Jan. 14 to Jan. 30 April 2017 as part of an investigation conducted in 2020. It was reported that the files were confiscated by court order.
In the notification, it was stated that prosecutors had reviewed the entire contents of the phone calls, and only the metadata of email correspondence, and that the recordings were not kept in the ministry’s archives.
While it was stated that the files had been examined as part of a leakage investigation conducted in 2020, no information was given on the subject of the investigation.
“ERRORS BASED ON PRESS FREEDOM”
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NYT editor Dean Baquet condemned the behavior of the Trump administration and said: “The seizure of journalists’ phone records erodes the very foundation of press freedom. It is a threat to silence the media we rely on to respond to the public’s right to be informed of government actions. mentionned.
Recalling that US President Joe Biden stressed that such interventions against the free press will not be tolerated in his statement last month, Baquet said: “We expect the Department of Justice to explain why this measure is necessary and what measures have been taken to prevent it. to reproduce in the future. ”used the expression.
On April 22, 2017, the four NYT reporters named in the investigation signed a joint report on the investigation by then FBI Director James B. Comey into the 2016 presidential election.
In the news regarding Comey’s June 2016 recommendation that former Secretary of State and Democratic Party candidate for the 2016 presidential election, Hillary Clinton, be prosecuted for exchanging correspondence in connection with her functions from a private mail server, the Russians seized hackers working for the Dutch intelligence services. A secret document was mentioned.
In the document, which was prepared as a briefing note by an adviser to the Democratic Party, it was claimed that the statement by then Attorney General Loretta Lynch that “they thought they would not allow that the Clinton investigation moves forward ”was included.
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It is believed that the leak investigation was conducted to find the source of the information regarding the document in question.
As part of the Trump administration’s investigations into the leaks in 2020, it was revealed that reporters at CNN TV and the Washington Post also collected telephone and email recordings.