WASHINGTON (AP) — A bipartisan group of senators on Wednesday pressed forward with a reporter shield bill that includes new Justice Department guidelines for investigations that involve the media.
Democratic Sen. Chuck Schumer of New York, and Sen. Lindsay Graham, R-S.C., said they hoped to have the legislation to a Senate committee as early as this week.
Schumer said Justice Department guidelines were a good start — "but our bill will ensure that any new administration will not be able to go back."
Added Graham, "Guidelines aren't going to cut it. I think we need a law."
Attorney General Eric Holder announced the new Justice Department guidelines on Friday. They would make it harder for prosecutors to obtain journalists' phone records without advance notice.
The new Justice Department guidelines and the Senate push for a reporter shield law come after disclosures that the Justice Department secretly subpoenaed almost two months of telephone records for 21 phone lines used by reporters and editors for The Associated Press and secretly used a warrant to obtain some emails of a Fox News journalist.
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