Trump administration secretly obtained phone and email records of CNN Pentagon reporter, broadcaster says

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The phone and email records of Pentagon reporter Barbara Starr were seized by the Department of Justice during a Trump administration investigation into media leaks, according to CNN.

The news network reported that Ms Starr was informed by the Justice Department in a 13 May letter that prosecutors sought and obtained the materials covering two months about four years ago in June and July 2017.

CNN President Jeff Zucker said the broadcaster was seeking an immediate meeting with the Justice Department for an explanation.

"CNN strongly condemns the secret collection of any aspect of a journalist’s correspondence, which is clearly protected by the First Amendment,” he told CNN’s reporters covering the story.

This is a developing story.

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