Senate Republican cracks down on TV reporters’ ability to ask questions

Journalists told they can no longer film interviews with senators unless they gain permission from rules committee and senator in question

Television reporters covering the United States Senate are apparently facing an attempt by a top Republican to hamper their ability to ask questions of elected politicians.

In a directive that was communicated verbally to members of the Capitol Hill press corps on Tuesday, reporters were told they would no longer be able to film interviews with US senators without previously granted permission from the Senate rules committee as well as the senator whom reporters seek to interview.

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