The revelation on Thursday that the Justice Department had seized years of phone and email records from Ali Watkins, a New York Times journalist, raised concerns that the Trump administration was adopting a highly aggressive approach, continuing a crackdown that ramped up in the Obama years.


Prosecutors seized Ms. Watkins’s records as part of an investigation into whether a former Senate Intelligence Committee aide, James A. Wolfe, had given classified materials to reporters. Mr. Wolfe was arrested on Thursday on charges of lying to investigators; he has denied leaking classified materials. Ms. Watkins and Mr. Wolfe were in a three-year relationship that ended last year, before she was hired by The Times.

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4 thoughts on “In Targeting Reporter, Justice Dept. Backs Trump’s Anti-Press Rhetoric

  1. Such bad manners starts in the US and then shortly journalists are under threat everywhere. I think the ideals of your constitution and daily life are so wide apart to be unbelievable

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