Freedom of the press is part of the foundation of US democracy and calling for the arrest of journalists is "an insult to the rule of law". The White House spokesman said, Andrew Bates, in response to yesterday's words of the former president Donald Trump, who called for the arrest of journalists who published in advance the draft resolution with which the Supreme Court annulled the constitutional right to abortion in the country. “Wanting abuses of power to suppress the constitutional rights of journalists is an insult to the rule of law and undermines fundamental U.S. values and traditions,” Bates said, never explicitly naming Trump. “It is the responsibility of all leaders to protect First Amendment rights. Those ideas don't represent us, they are what we oppose around the world,” the spokesperson added. Trump spoke yesterday on his social platform, Truth, commenting on the conclusion of the Supreme Court investigation into the leak, at the end of which no culprits have been identified. The draft resolution was first published last spring by Politico reporters Josh Gerstein and Alexander Ward. “Go to the reporters and ask them who did it (to leak the document). If they don't respond, put them in jail and you'll get an answer. You can also add the editor and publisher (of “Politico”) to the list,” wrote the former president.
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