Trump lashed out after documents were released showing him pressuring Justice Department officials to overturn the election

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U.S. President Donald Trump is seen on a screen as his supporters cheer during a rally on the National Mall on January 6, 2021 in Washington, DC.

  • Donald Trump lashed out after the release of documents showing him pressuring DoJ officials.
  • The documents show Trump urging them to say last year’s election was “corrupt.”
  • Trump repeated the election fraud claims that are at the center of his bid to overturn the election.
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Former President Donald Trump in an at times contradictory statement responded to the release of documents that showed him pressuring officials at the Justice Department to subvert last year’s election.

In the statement, Trump denied that the documents showed that he sought to overturn last year’s election while repeating the baseless voter fraud claims that have been central to his bid to delegitimize Joe Biden’s win.

The documents were released by the House Oversight Committee Friday, and contain hand-written notes of a call between former Acting Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen and Donald Trump on December 27 taken by Rosen’s deputy, Richard Donoghue, who was also present on the call.

“Just say that the election was corrupt + leave the rest to me,” Trump told the officials in the call, according to the notes. The officials responded that no evidence had been uncovered by the DoJ to substantiate the president’s claim.

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Deputy Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen holds a news conference at the Justice Department on October 21, 2020 in Washington, DC.

In his statement, Trump said the documents do not show he attempted to overturn the election yet repeated his election fraud claims and offered no new evidence to show they are credible.

“The corrupt and highly partisan House Democrats who run the House Oversight Committee yesterday released documents-including court filings dealing with the rigged election of 2020-that they dishonestly described as attempting to overturn the election,” Trump said.

“In fact, it is just the opposite. The documents were meant to uphold the integrity and honesty of elections and the sanctity of our vote,” he added. “The American People want, and demand, that the President of the United States, its chief law enforcement officer in the country, stand with them to fight for Election Integrity and to investigate attempts to undermine our nation.”

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Trump has pushed his election fraud “Big Lie” since losing the contest last year. Amid rumors that he is gearing up for another bid for political office, the claim has become the center of his propaganda campaign.

Last week a special House committee began probing the January 6 Capitol riot, in which Trump supporters motivated by Trump’s election fraud conspiracy theories attacked the Capitol in a bid to halt Biden’s certification as president.

One of the focuses on the inquiry will be the extent to which Trump’s claims instigated the violence and his actions leading up to the violence, and new evidence has emerged in recent days of the pressure Trump placed Rosen under to back his election fraud claims.

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Trump called his acting attorney general almost daily to pressure him into investigate 2020 election-fraud claims, and was ignored every time, report says

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Jeffrey Rosen.

  • Then-President Trump kept pushing Jeffrey Rosen to probe election-fraud claims, WaPo reported.
  • But Rosen reportedly refused to bend to his demands, always remaining noncommittal.
  • More information is emerging of the lengths Trump went to overturn the election.
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Then-President Donald Trump called then-acting Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen almost daily during his final months in office to pressure him into helping overturn the 2020 presidential election results, The Washington Post reported Wednesday, citing two sources.

According to the sources, Trump would in the calls present Rosen with information that he claimed showed the election had been tainted by fraud on a vast scale, and ask Rosen what the Justice Department intended to do about it.

“Trump was absolutely obsessed about it,” a person familiar with the conversations told The Post.

But Rosen refused to promise Trump that he was going to take any action, remaining noncommittal in his response, the sources told The Post.

Representatives for Trump and Rosen did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.

This is not the first report of Rosen resisting pressure from Trump to investigate claims of election fraud.

A January 1, 2021, email released last month showed Rosen expressing frustration with then-Chief of Staff Mark Meadows’ fixation on a conspiracy theory that Italian officials tampered with ballots in Fulton County, Georgia.

“Can you believe this?” an email from Rosen said. “I am not going to respond to the message below.”

Rosen also told a congressional panel in May that under his stewardship, the Justice Department had taken no special action to lend credibility to Trump’s election fraud allegations, and that he had seen no evidence to indicate they were credible.

Since his defeat last November, Trump has focused on pushing his claim that the election was stolen from him as a result of mass fraud.

During his final weeks in office, he launched a campaign to persuade officials at a state and federal level to back his accusations, despite the scarcity of any compelling evidence to support them.

The claim has been defeated or withdrawn in a series of legal challenges in swing states, and the Supreme Court twice refused to hear lawsuits owing to the lack of evidence substantiating it.

In recent weeks, further accounts have emerged of the lengths Trump went to in his bid to undermine Joe Biden’s victory, with Gen. Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, fearing that the president was planning on invoking the Insurrection Act as part of a coup.

Trump had replaced then-Attorney General Bill Barr with Rosen during his final 30 days in office, after Barr said the Justice Department had not uncovered any evidence of voter fraud on a scale that would delegitimize Biden’s victory.

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Warren Buffett’s next ‘elephant-sized’ acquisition may face antitrust risks after regulators tanked 2 megadeals this month

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Warren Buffett.

  • Warren Buffett has been chasing an “elephant-sized” acquisition for years.
  • The investor has seen two huge deals collapse over regulatory concerns this month.
  • Buffett’s company scrapped a $1.7 billion pipeline purchase, while Aon shelved a $30 billion merger.
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Warren Buffett has been hunting for his next “elephant-sized” acquisition for several years now. The famed investor and Berkshire Hathaway CEO may think twice about pulling the trigger after seeing two billion-dollar deals collapse this month.

Berkshire’s energy unit struck a $10 billion deal to buy Dominion Energy’s natural gas transmission and storage business last summer. After completing the bulk of the transaction in November, it scrapped its plan to buy the Questar Pipeline Group from Dominion for $1.7 billion earlier this month. It wasn’t clear whether the purchase would get antitrust clearance from the Federal Trade Commission, Dominion explained in a statement.

The two companies were right to question whether approval would be granted. “It is disappointing that the FTC had to expend significant resources to review this transaction when we previously filed suit in 1995 to block the same combination,” the agency said in a statement. “This is representative of the type of transaction that should not make it out of the boardroom.”

Buffett’s company suffered another blow when Aon terminated its $30 billion merger with Willis Towers Watson this week. Aon, a professional-services firm, was Berkshire’s sole addition to its stock portfolio in the first quarter of this year; it held 4.1 million shares worth $943 million at the end of March.

Like Dominion, Aon nixed its deal because of regulatory concerns, CEO Greg Case said in a statement. The company had hit a brick wall with the Justice Department, as officials didn’t buy Aon’s claim that a merger would accelerate innovation, or that Aon and Willis’ overlapping businesses operated in competitive markets.

There’s no way to know whether either transaction would have been cleared by the Trump administration. Yet it’s clear that the FTC’s new boss, Lisa Khan, is concerned about monopolies and willing to rein in and potentially break up some of the nation’s biggest companies.

Buffett is facing a combination of hefty price tags, fierce competition for acquisitions from private equity firms and SPACs, and tougher antitrust rules. Against that backdrop, the investor could be lugging around his elephant gun for a while yet.

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New Jersey brothers who made 60 million robocalls to sell cesspool cleaners must pay $1.66 million penalty

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The FTC’s Telemarketing Sales Rule requires telemarketers to disclose the seller’s identity.

  • Three New Jersey brothers settled for $1.66 million after making 59.6 million robocalls.
  • “Hello, this is not a sales call or a solicitation,” the robocalls began.
  • About 63% of the numbers called were on the National Do-Not-Call Registry.
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Three New Jersey brothers will pay $1.66 million to settle a federal lawsuit that said they made 59.6 million robocalls.

Environmental Safety International, run by Sean and Joseph Carney, and telemarketing company Carbo, run by Raymond Carney, were using the calls to sell cesspool and septic-tank cleaning products, the Justice Department said on Friday.

The DOJ said the three Carney brothers agreed to a civil penalty of $10.2 million, most of which was suspended. They’ll instead pay $1.66 million, along with forfeiting $774,000 in property. They also agreed not to collect $164,402 in unpaid customer balances.

Working cooperatively, the two companies made millions of unlawful telemarketing calls between January 2018 and December 2020, according to the Federal Trade Commission.

The government said in its complaint that the calls were made in two groups. The first was 45 million calls, followed nine months later by another 14.6 million calls.

More than 37.7 million calls, or about 63%, were made to numbers listed on the National Do-Not-Call Registry, according to a complaint filed in federal court earlier this month.

“Hello, this is not a sales call or a solicitation,” the robocalls began, according to a transcript in the complaint. “We’re calling from an environmental company with information for all septic tank and cesspool owners.”

They added: “We would like to give you some free info on our environmentally safe, all-natural septic-tank cleaning product.”

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Former President George W. Bush signing the National Do-Not-Call Registry bill at the White House in 2003.

If customers pressed “1” during the , they were put into a pipeline that led them eventually to a live telemarketer offering Environmental Safety International’s products, the government’s lawsuit said.

The cleaning products were called the “Activator 1000” and “Activator 2000.”

The DOJ complaint said the calls violated the FTC’s Telemarketing Sales Rule, which requires telemarketers to disclose the seller’s identity. It also requires callers to skip numbers on the Do-Not-Call Registry.

“The Department of Justice is working together with the FTC to prevent the scourge of robocalls that harass and invade the privacy of millions of people every day,” said Brian M. Boynton, acting assistant attorney general at the Justice Department.

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A 33-year-old identity thief who bought a diamond-encrusted bitcoin pendant and stole half a million dollars gets 3 years in prison

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  • A 33-year old who used the dark web to steal $500,000 and buy bitcoin has been sentenced to prison.
  • Aaron Laws used burner phones and recruited accomplices to avoid detection, a Seattle court said.
  • He bought a diamond-encrusted bitcoin pendant and a Rolex that cost more than $34,000.
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A “prolific identity thief” who fraudulently used credit cards, pocketed $500,000, and bought bitcoin has been sentenced to three years in prison, the US District Court in Seattle announced on Friday.

Aaron Laws of Atlanta, Georgia, the 33-year-old suspect, employed a sophisticated scheme that involved recruiting accomplices, operating digital wallets and burner phones, and using bitcoin to avoid detection, Acting US Attorney Tessa Gorman said.

“Motivated by greed, this defendant attempted to use digital advances to hide his old-fashioned fraud,” Gorman said in a statement.

“At all phases – from accessing the dark web, to loading stolen data onto digital wallets, to acquiring prepaid anonymous phones, to adopting aliases, to laundering money through anonymous cryptocurrency accounts – his operation was sophisticated and difficult to detect. But ultimately law enforcement stopped him in his tracks.”

Laws acquired credit card information from “carding websites” on the dark web to carry out his scheme, the District Court said, citing case records. Such illegal websites are used to share stolen credit card data and for criminal activity.

He stored this information on digital wallets on prepaid phones, then immediately used it to make fraudulent purchases of luxury goods and items that could be sold for cash or bitcoin, the court said. He also bought a diamond-encrusted bitcoin pendant and a Rolex watch that cost more than $34,000.

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Laws spent about $166,000 on bitcoin between February and November 2017, buying 56% of that amount in just one day – on August 23, 2017. He was arrested in October of that year, having to serve time in jail on the weekends. But he continued to commit fraud across the country, the statement said.

He “had a very complicated criminal enterprise and nothing seemed to deter him,” US District Judge Robert Lasnik said at the sentence hearing.

Laws pleaded guilty to charges of conspiracy to commit bank fraud and aggravated identity theft on January 31, and was ordered to make a $623,554 restitution payment.

Representatives for Aaron Laws could not be reached for comment.

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New January 6 bodycam videos show police trying to help a trampled Trump supporter being brutally beaten with flagpoles and batons by mob

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Footage released by the Justice Department on July 9 shows police officers dragged and beaten during the January 6 riot.

  • New January 6 footage shows police officers dragged and beaten by rioters outside the Capitol.
  • CNN reports the officers had been seeking to help a Trump supporter who had collapsed.
  • Prosecutors allege that Jack Whitton led the attack on the officers.
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New video footage released by the Justice Department shows police officers who were reportedly trying to help a Trump supporter during the January 6 insurrection being brutally attacked by rioters.

The footage is from bodycams worn by Washington DC police officers and was released by the Justice Department after CNN, NBC4, and other news outlets sued for access.

In court documents in the prosecution of rioters allegedly involved in the attack, the officers in the footage are identified only by initials.

The footage shows officers, identified as AW and BM in a tunnel area outside the Capitol.

CNN reported the officers had stepped from the area to help Trump supporter Rosanne Boyland, who collapsed and was apparently being trampled by the crowd of protesters. Boyland was later have found to have died of a drug overdose.

Prosecutors allege that the footage shows AW being forced to the ground and attacked with his own baton by defendant Jack Whitton. Another officer, BM, was pulled down a flight of stairs and into the mob, where he was beaten with weapons including a flagpole, according to documents.

AW was dragged into the crowd, stripped of police gear, and beaten with weapons. According to the documents rioters “ripped off his helmet, maced him, took his gas mask and MPD-issued cell phone, kicked him, struck him with poles, and stomped on him.”

The footage was released as part of the prosecution of Whitton, a Crossfit instructor from Georgia who has been charged with assault.

AW was seriously injured in the attack, requiring staples for a head injury, while BM received injuries to his face and shoulder.

Other footage, reported CNN, shows an officer identified as CM trying to help colleagues and is grabbed by the head and punched by a rioter.

In other footage, officers are confronted by protesters, one of whom shouts “You’re going to die tonight.” Whitton is alleged to have issued the threat to the officers and later, according to the prosecutors he told an associate “I fed him to the people.”

563 people have been charged with offenses relating to the Capitol riot, whose seriousness some Republicans have sought to downplay in recent months.

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The Justice Department sentenced a Swedish man to 15 years in prison for a $16 million crypto-fraud scheme

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Brian Netter, a lawyer for the women’s soccer team in an equal pay case, will be a top defender of Biden policies at the Justice Department.

  • A Swedish man was sentenced to 15 years in prison for swindling $16 million from victims in a crypto scheme.
  • Roger Nils-Jonas Karlsson, 47, ran an investment fraud scheme from 2011 until 2019 from Thailand.
  • He lured victims to purchase shares from his company using cryptocurrencies but transferred the funds directly to his personal account.
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A Swedish national was sentenced to 15 years in prison after swindling thousands of victims out of more than $16 million in a cryptocurrency fraud, the Department of Justice said in a statement Thursday.

Roger Nils-Jonas Karlsson was arrested on June 17, 2019 in Thailand and was extradited to the US. He pleaded guilty on March 4, 2021.

According to the DOJ, the 47-year-old ran an investment fraud scheme from 2011 to 2019.

His scheme involved convincing victims to purchase shares of his company, Eastern Metal Securities, using cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin and promising them “astronomical returns” tied to the price of gold.

Karlsson used his website to lure potential investors to purchase shares of less than $100 a piece with an eventual payout of 1.15 kilograms of gold per share. On January 2, 2019, gold was worth more than $45,000 per kilogram.

Karlsson – known by several aliases including Steve Heyden, Euclid Deodoris, Joshua Millard, Lars Georgsson, Paramon Larasoft, and Kenth Westerberg – would then wire the funds provided by the victims to his personal bank accounts, which he used to fund his lavish lifestyle. This included snapping up expensive homes, a racehorse, and a resort in Thailand.

Karlsson’s fraud targeted financially insecure investors, the department said, causing many of them severe financial hardship.

The scheme, however, was not over once the funds were transferred.

To prolong his fraud, Karlsson would even update his victims with the state of their assets. In one instance, when he was trying to explain payout delays, he said he was working with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

As part of the sentence, Karlsson was ordered to forfeit his resort and other properties and accounts. He also issued a money judgment in the amount of $16,263,820.

The US is now seeking restitution on behalf of his victims.

Cryptocurrency fraud schemes have been on the rise ever since digital assets exploded in popularity in recent years. Fraudsters have also become creative in the ways they swindle people.

Some instances included fraudulent cryptocurrency domain registrations, blockchain scams, and criminals impersonating Elon Musk.

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New bodycam video shows ex-NYPD cop wielding a flag pole and tackling a police officer during the Capitol riot

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This photo is included in the criminal complaint against Thomas Webster, who has been charged with assaulting a police officer in the Capitol riot.

  • Thomas Webster, a former NYPD officer, has been charged with assaulting police in the Capitol riot.
  • New body-camera video obtained by CNN shows Webster berating the officer and wielding a flag pole.
  • He can be seen swinging the pole before charging at and tackling the officer to the ground.
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New body-camera footage released Thursday shows a former member of the New York City Police Department attacking a police officer in Washington, DC, during the January 6 Capitol insurrection.

The footage, obtained by CNN, shows Thomas Webster wielding a flag pole while assaulting police, eventually charging at and tackling an officer to the ground. Webster is a retired NYPD police officer and a former Marine.

He was charged in February with multiple counts, including using a flag pole to assault a police officer, Insider’s Charles Davis reported. He has pleaded not guilty to all charges. The video captures what was described in the criminal complaint. It shows Webster, who is wearing a red jacket, berating an officer and calling them a “piece of shit” and a “commie.”

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Webster can then be seen aggressively pushing against the barricade and swinging the metal flag pole as police struggle to keep him and others back. The officer is able to wrestle the flag pole away from him, at which point Webster can be seen charging at the officer and tackling him to the ground.

The complaint said Webster shoved the metal gate into the officer and struck him with the flag pole several times. It also featured images from other angles of Webster attacking the officer and attempting to pull his face mask and protective gear off, which the complaint said caused the officer to choke.

A judge ordered the Justice Department to release the footage after legal challenges by multiple media outlets, including CNN. Prosecutors have been using body-camera footage, surveillance footage, and more in court cases, but some of it has not been released to the public.

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The Justice Department is arguing it should take Trump’s place in a defamation lawsuit over his response to a magazine columnist who accused him of rape

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Writer E Jean Carroll has accused President Trump of raping her in a department store dressing room in the mid-1990s.

  • Biden’s Justice Department is arguing they should replace Trump in a defamation lawsuit.
  • E. Jean Carroll accused Trump of defamation after he denied rape allegations in 2020,
  • His Justice Department previously said he was acting in a government role and not personally.
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The Justice Department said it should take former President Donald Trump’s place in a defamation lawsuit brought on by magazine columnist, E. Jean Carroll.

Carroll accused Trump of sexual assault. The lawsuit stems from his response following her accusations.

“Then-President Trump’s response to Ms. Carroll’s serious allegations of sexual assault included statements that questioned her credibility in terms that were crude and disrespectful,” lawyers for the department wrote in a brief on Monday. “But this case does not concern whether Mr. Trump’s response was appropriate. Nor does it turn on the truthfulness of Ms. Carroll’s allegations.”

The Justice Department is arguing that because Trump was working in a government role his statements were made within the “scope of” his employment, so he shouldn’t personally be the defendant in the case. They said he was answering questions asked to him in his “capacity as President,” adding “elected public officials can – and often must – address allegations regarding personal wrongdoing that inspire doubt about their suitability for office.”

“Speaking to the public and the press on matters of public concern is undoubtedly part of an elected official’s job,” the brief said. “Courts have thus consistently and repeatedly held that allegedly defamatory statements made in that context are within the scope of elected officials’ employment — including when the statements were prompted by press inquiries about the official’s private life.”

Last year, Carroll accused Trump of raping her in a Bergdorf Goodman dressing room in the mid-1990s. She filed a lawsuit against him after he denied the allegations, saying Carroll was trying to “sell a book” and claimed that he had never met her.

He also said she wasn’t his type.

Trump was initially a defendant in the case as a private citizen, but his Justice Department tried to replace him with the US, claiming the case was actually against a federal worker, not Trump personally. That effort was rejected by a federal judge last October.

Trump’s Justice Department then appealed the ruling in January. Biden’s Justice Department, however, continued the Trump administration’s efforts when it filed the brief on Monday.

The White House did not respond to Insider’s request for comment at the time of publication but spokesperson Andrew Bates told Politico: “The White House was not consulted by DOJ on the decision to file this brief or its contents. While we are not going to comment on this ongoing litigation, the American people know well that President Biden and his team have utterly different standards from their predecessors for what qualify as acceptable statements.”

In an emailed statement, Roberta Kaplan, Carroll’s attorney, told Insider she was disturbed by the continued efforts to defend Trump.

“It is horrific that Donald Trump raped E. Jean Carroll in a New York City department store many years ago,” Kaplan said. “But it is truly shocking that the current Department of Justice would allow Donald Trump to get away with lying about it, thereby depriving our client of her day in court. The DOJ’s position is not only legally wrong, it is morally wrong since it would give federal officials free license to cover up private sexual misconduct by publicly brutalizing any woman who has the courage to come forward.”

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The US Justice Department under Trump fought to get emails belonging to 4 New York Times reporters

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The New York Times Building is seen in New York City on February 4, 2021.

  • The US Justice Department under Trump sought the email records of four New York Times reporters.
  • The effort continued with the Biden administration, and was subject to a gag order.
  • The bid reflected the Trump administration’s effort to discover the reporters’ sources.
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President Joe Biden’s administration kept moving forward with a secret legal battle that started at the end of President Donald Trump’s time in office. The battle revolved around an effort to obtain email records belonging to four New York Times reporters as part of a bid to discover their sources, The Times reported Friday.

David McCraw, a lawyer for The Times, said the Trump administration never told the newspaper about the legal effort, but the Biden administration did, sharing details with top executives. But a gag order imposed on March 3 kept the news away from the public until it was lifted, McCraw told the newspaper.

The leak investigation, like the many that reportedly occurred while Trump was in office, grew out of the former president’s aversion to news reporting that painted his administration in an unflattering light.

It was not clear why the former administration sought email data from The Times reporters in this particular case.

According to the newspaper, the reporters named in the request – Matt Apuzzo, Adam Goldman, Eric Lichtblau, and Michael S. Schmidt – and the timeframe in which the Trump administration sought email data suggests a focus on a story from April 2017 about how the former US attorney general James Comey handled “politically charged” investigations during the 2016 election.

The Times reported the administration tried to get the email logs directly from Google, which serviced The Times’ email accounts. The tech giant denied the request.

Google did not respond to Insider’s request for comment but a spokesperson told The Times the company is “firmly committed to protecting our customers’ data and we have a long history of pushing to notify our customers about any legal requests.”

McCraw said the hunt for the emails continued in Biden’s administration and he was only informed about it in March under a nondisclosure agreement.

The news comes just a few days after the Biden administration informed the four Times reporters that the Trump Justice Department secretly obtained their phone records in 2017.

“Seizing the phone records of journalists profoundly undermines press freedom,” Dean Baquet, the executive editor of The Times, said in a statement. “It threatens to silence the sources we depend on to provide the public with essential information about what the government is doing.”

The Trump administration also obtained the phone records of three Washington Post reporters and attempted to get their email records.

Last month, the Justice Department also revealed the Trump administration also attempted to secretly get ahold of the 2017 phone and email records of a CNN Pentagon correspondent.

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