The Justice Department during the waning days of the Trump administration and into the Biden administration sought to obtain email logs of four New York Times reporters as the department tried to identify their sources. A lawyer for the journalists told the paper that the Biden administration informed top executives at the Times about the inquiry but imposed a gag order on them to prevent the probe from becoming public. David McCraw, the attorney, said Friday that a federal court had lifted the gag order regarding the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) ultimately failed investigation to obtain the email logs from Google, which hosts the newspaper’s email system.