U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar: “Will the Justice Department jail reporters for doing their jobs?”
William Barr: “I can conceive of situations where as a last resort, and where a news organization has run through a red flag…there could be a situation where someone would be held in contempt.”
Also, Barr stated today he would not fire Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller at the president’s order unless there was ’cause.’ And ’cause’ is defined as…?
I. Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.
ACLU in reaction to Barr’s comment on jailing journalists:
The freedom of the press is a bedrock of democratic principle. Under no circumstance should the government put journalists in jail for doing their job.”
“After much thought, what I would be willing to die for, and give my life to, is the freedom of speech. It is the open door to all other freedoms.”
Terry Tempest Williams