As Twitchy reported Thursday night, the Justice Department seized the phone and email records of New York Times reporter Ali Watkins in a search for evidence against former Senate intel staffer James Wolfe, who was charged with lying to investigators about leaking to the press.

Many journalists were appalled by the Justice Department’s actions, and The Daily Beast’s Sam Stein said it was “a gross, gross use government power” and “a chilling decision.”

CNN’s Jake Tapper decided to try a little thought experiment Friday, posting this tweet:

People on both sides of the aisle were outraged.

Literally “The Handmaid’s Tale”!

The thought experiment, though, is that Tapper’s tweet about “this president” and believing in press freedom even “when it is not your guy who is in the White House” is actually a quote lifted directly from a 2013 blog post warning about the precedent set by the Obama administration when it labeled Fox News’s James Rosen a “co-conspirator” and seized the phone records of Rosen’s parents. So “this president,” in context of the tweet, is Barack Obama.

But you’d have to click the linked blog post to get it. Pretty sneaky, Tapper.


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