White House disavows knowledge of gag order on Times leaders in leak inquiry

The New York Times

The Biden administration said on Saturday that no one at the White House had been aware that the Justice Department was seeking to seize the email data of four New York Times reporters and had obtained a gag order in March barring a handful of newspaper executives who knew about the fight from discussing it.

Source: https://www.nytimes.com/2021/06/05/us/politics/biden-gag-order-new-york-times-leak.html

Amid controversy, Justice Dept. says it won’t seek to compel journalists to give up source information

Washington Post

The Justice Department on Saturday announced that it will no longer use subpoenas or other legal methods to obtain information from journalists about their sources — a major policy shift that came just a day after the New York Times revealed that the department had prohibited the newspaper’s lawyers and executives from disclosing an effort to seize email records of four reporters.

“Going forward, consistent with the President’s direction, this Department of Justice — in a change to its long-standing practice — will not seek compulsory legal process in leak investigations to obtain source information from members of the news media doing their jobs,” Anthony Coley, the department’s top spokesman, said in a statement.

Source: https://www.washingtonpost.com/national-security/new-york-times-justice-department/2021/06/05/0fc66026-c61d-11eb-93f5-ee9558eecf4b_story.html