Leaders from NCS, The New York Times and The Washington Post will meet with US Attorney General Merrick Garland on Monday to discuss former President Trump’s controversial White House leak investigation into reporter data from all three media retailers.
The deliberate assembly comes greater than per week after The New York Times revealed Trump-era Department of Justice officers sought 2017 phone and email records of White House reporters from the three retailers, together with NCS Pentagon Correspondent Barbara Starr, and issued a gag order on NCS general council David Vigilante to maintain the probe from being unveiled to the general public.
NCS Washington Bureau Chief Sam Feist, who will be attending the assembly on Monday, offered particulars throughout Sunday’s broadcast of “Reliable Sources.”
Feist mentioned Garland’s earlier assertion that the Biden Administration would by no means use the identical media surveillance techniques as Trump’s DOJ officers isn’t sufficient to repair the issue.
“What we’re asking the attorney general tomorrow is to try to bind future administrations,” Feist mentioned. “Don’t just send a memo. Change policy.”
Feist instructed NCS Chief Media Correspondent Brian Stelter that the Trump DOJ gag order on Vigilante lasted 11 months. He mentioned the three information organizations caught up within the probe weren’t chosen accidentally.
“These are the organizations that were at the top of [Trump’s] list of enemies of the American people,” Feist mentioned. “Whether Merrick Garland knows the details of how that came about, we don’t know, but we’re certainly going to ask.”
Feist identified that tomorrow’s assembly will happen someday after the fiftieth anniversary of The New York Times publication of the Pentagon Papers in 1971.
“Our goal is to make sure that the Pentagon Papers and other stories of extraordinary public interest could be published in the future,” he mentioned. “It is to protect the freedom of the press now and in the future.”