President Joe Biden has assumed the role of defender of reporters’ privacy after news broke that the Trump administration allegedly seized the phone records of numerous reporters. Despite his recent assurances, the Obama-Biden administration spied on some of the very same reporters, and the Biden administration has even publicly defended Trump’s actions.
Last week, CNN’s Kaitlan Collins asked Biden his thoughts about “seizing reporters’ phone records and emails.”
The practice of secretly asking a court to give the administration access to such data, usually to find out who is leaking information to the media, is “absolutely, positively wrong,” Biden said.
“So, you won’t let your Justice Department do that?” Collins asked.
“I will not let that happen,” Biden promised.
“It’s simply, simply wrong. I will not let that happen,” President Biden tells me about the Justice Department seizing the records of reporters. pic.twitter.com/bRL88NssMr
— Kaitlan Collins (@kaitlancollins) May 21, 2021
The president clearly wanted to put himself in a positive light compared to his predecessor, whose administration