Trump DOJ waged secret, "highly unusual" court battle with CNN to obtain reporter's email logs

According to CNN, the pursuit represented "a highly unusual and unrelenting push for journalists' records"

By Sky Palma
Published June 10, 2021 5:30AM (EDT)
President Donald Trump talks to journalists during a news conference about his administration's response to the ongoing global coronavirus pandemic in the Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House July 22, 2020 in Washington, DC. This is the second briefing the president has given in as many days. Poll numbers about his handling of COVID-19 have been falling as cases of deadly virus have spiked across the country. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
President Donald Trump talks to journalists during a news conference about his administration's response to the ongoing global coronavirus pandemic in the Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House July 22, 2020 in Washington, DC. This is the second briefing the president has given in as many days. Poll numbers about his handling of COVID-19 have been falling as cases of deadly virus have spiked across the country. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

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CNN's lead attorney revealed this Wednesday that the Trump administration battled with the network for half a year to obtain the email records of a reporter, and demanded that it all be done in secret.

In July of 2020, then-Attorney General William Barr demanded two months' of CNN Pentagon correspondent Barbara Starr's 2017 email logs. According to CNN, the pursuit represented "a highly unusual and unrelenting push for journalists' records," which included "putting CNN general counsel David Vigilante under a gag order prohibiting him from sharing any details about the government's efforts with anyone beyond the network's president, top attorneys at CNN's corporate parent and attorneys at an outside law firm."

While CNN acknowledges that it's not uncommon for a media organization to be subpoenaed for a reporter's records, what stands apart "is the total secrecy that surrounded the order, the months-long court proceeding and the Trump administration's unwillingness to negotiate."

Read the full report over at CNN.


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