Trump administration secretly collected CNN reporter’s phone records

WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 19: The Department of Justice headquarters stands on February 19, 2020 in Washington, DC. A Department of Justice spokesperson is denying that Attorney General William Barr is considering resigning after his critical comments about President Trump Trump tweeting about ongoing Department of Justice cases. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images) ORG XMIT: 775481664 ORIG FILE ID: 1201922029

The Trump Justice Department secretly obtained 2017 telephone and email records for a CNN reporter in yet another example of the administration’s attempt to use journalists’ communications to pursue government leak investigations.

CNN disclosed Thursday that Pentagon correspondent Barbara Starr was informed in a May 13 letter that prosecutors had obtained two months of phone and email records between June 1, 2017 and July 31, 2017.

The Justice notification, according to the network, included the reporter’s Pentagon extension, her home and cell phones and her personal email accounts.

Earlier this month, the Washington Post reported that Justice obtained 2017 phone records involving three of its reporters who covered the investigation into Russia’s interference in the 2016 presidential election.

In the CNN case, a Justice spokesman Thursday confirmed the records involved 2017 communications and that the “process to seek these records was approved in 2020.”

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