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U.S. Attorney General issues broad ban against seizing media records

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland formalized a new policy on Monday that broadly prohibits prosecutors from subpoenaing reporters’ phone and email records, an abrupt shift after the Trump administration secretly seized records from several major news outlets in an effort to root out leaks. In addition to the new policy, Garland reiterated that the Justice Department would also throw its support behind new media shield legislation to make the policy permanent. “A free and independent press is vital to the functioning of our democracy,” the memo says. “The Department o…

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