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Pence Sought Federal Shield Law

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The Attorney General is coming under fire from both Democrats and Republicans for the department's seizure of reporters phone records, despite the Attorney General's claim that a very serious leak of classified information is involved. The White House has renewed a push for a federal shield law. For several years, when he served as a US Representative from Indiana, Republican Governor Mike Pence tried to pass such a law. His “Free Flow of Information Act” meant to let journalists t'shield' confidential sources from disclosure except in certain situations, such as when national security is threatened.. Pence has said he feels a free and independent press is the 'only check on government power in real time.'  Though there is no federal shield law, states have them, and Indiana's is considered one of the broader ones in the country.
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