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FILE PHOTO: Former U.S. President Donald Trump speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Orlando, Florida, U.S. February 28, 2021. REUTERS/Joe Skipper/File Photo

The Trump administration secretly obtained the phone records of Washington Post journalists who reported on allegations of Russian meddling in the 2016 election, the newspaper reported Friday, prompting concerns over freedom of speech.

The Justice Department sent letters to three reporters — Ellen Nakashima and Greg Miller, and former Post reporter Adam Entous — saying that it had received work, cell or home phone records “for the period from April 15, 2017, to July 31, 2017,” according to the Post.

The newspaper was “deeply troubled by this use of government power to seek access to the communications of journalist,” Post acting executive editor Cameron Barr was quoted as saying.

“The Department of Justice should immediately make clear its reasons for this intrusion into the activities…

Source: Guardian Newspaper