“President Trump told ousted FBI Director James Comey to consider jailing journalists who publish classified information at the same meeting where he implored him to drop the bureau’s investigation into General Mike Flynn, it has been claimed,” reports the United Kingdom newspaper the Daily Mail.
The story continues, “Both claims were made by an ‘associate’ of the ousted FBI chief who read aloud the memo’s contents to The New York Times on Tuesday.
The article adds, “The White House vehemently denied the associate’s claim that the president tried to block the Russian investigation but it has not responded to the accusation regarding jailing journalists.
The story also notes that under the administration of President Obama, “In 2013, the Justice Department sparked outrage among the global media by seizing the phone records of Associated Press journalists without warning.
“Later, Attorney General Eric Holder said the move was prompted by a 2012 report on a foiled Al Qaeda plot in Yemen to blow up an airliner.
“Holder said the AP’s coverage of how the US prevented the atrocity ‘put the American people at risk.’”
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