The Trump administration secretly obtained non-content phone records for three Washington Post reporters who published stories detailing discussions between Russia and members of former President Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign, according to the Department of Justice.
The Justice Department sent letters dated May 3 to three current and former reporters at the newspaper, informing them that DOJ had obtained phone records from the period of April 15, 2017, to July 31, 2017, the Washington Post reported.
The records included the caller and recipient of each call as well as the duration, but not what was said on the calls.
The letters did not say why the records were seized. But during the three-and-a-half-month period, the three Washington Post reporters had published a story on intelligence intercepts indicating that former Attorney General Jeff Sessions had discussed details pertaining to Trump’s presidential campaign with then-Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak.
“We are deeply troubled by this use of government
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