(FOX NEWS) President Obama, responding to mounting criticism of his Justice Department’s seizure of reporter records, said for the first time Thursday that the administration would be reviewing its guidelines in response to the controversy. Obama said he’s “troubled” by the developments and that journalists should not be “at legal risk” for doing their jobs.

Until now, administration officials have responded to the blowback by speaking generally about the importance of balancing national security — and their ability to prosecute high-profile leaks — with freedom of the press.

This explanation did not stem the criticism, which only built amid new revelations about the lengths to which prosecutors went to pursue leaks.


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