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Rep. Jim Jordan Calls for Shield Law to Protect Journalists

Rep. Jim Jordan Calls for Shield Law to Protect Journalists

By    |   Friday, 15 June 2018 10:14 AM

Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, the leader of the House Freedom Caucus, said he would pursue legislation to protect journalists in the wake of the Justice Department seizing a New York Times reporter’s private email and phone records.

“For me, it is truly about the Constitution,” Jordan said, The Hill reported.

“When you think about the context of the last several years, you’ve seen the IRS target conservatives for their political beliefs. You’ve seen what the FBI was trying to do with phones and Apple encryption. You’ve seen this deal with the FBI and this reporter, Ali Watkins,” Jordan said.

“All these things are examples of where government continues to encroach and violate people’s fundamental liberties,” Jordan added.

The case Jordan referred to involved a former Senate Intelligence Committee aide, James A. Wolfe, who was arrested in an investigation of classified information leaks where prosecutors also seized journalist Ali Watkins’ phone and email records, The Times reported June 7.

Jordan has been working on the shield legislation for months after Rep. Jamie Rankin, D-Md., a Judiciary Committee member with Jordan, approached him about being a lead co-sponsor of the bill. "I’m in," Jordan told Raskin at the time, The Hill reported.

The Ohio congressman said he plans to push the legislation given previous support from House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., and Vice President Mike Pence.

Press freedom is one area where both liberals and libertarian-minded Republicans can agree, Raskin said, The Hill reported.

"There is a bedrock respect and love for the bill of rights among progressive Democrats and libertarian Republicans and that’s how we get together," said Raskin.

Wolfe on Wednesday pleaded not guilty to charges of lying to the FBI, The Times reported.

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Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, the leader of the House Freedom Caucus, said he would pursue legislation to protect journalists in the wake of the Justice Department seizing a New York Times reporter’s private email and phone records.
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