New York (CNN Business)Attorney General Merrick Garland says he will work to put the Justice Department's new pledge against spying on journalists into regulation, so that the promise has some teeth.

Garland met with executives from CNN, The New York Times and The Washington Post on Monday afternoon in the wake of startling disclosures about the seizure of phone records from journalists at the three news outlets. Reporter email records were also seized in some cases.

The meeting was technically off the record, making the conversations private, but both sides made some brief comments afterward.

"We are very encouraged by everything we heard today," Reporter's Committee for Freedom of the Press executive director Bruce Brown told journalists afterward.

More in category

Rechanneling the boom-and-bust history of Butte, Montana
August 01, 2021CBS
Rechanneling the boom-and-bust history of Butte, Montana
Italian sprinter takes gold in men's 100-meter dash
August 01, 2021CBS
Italian sprinter takes gold in men's 100-meter dash
Fauci says unvaccinated are
August 01, 2021CBS
Fauci says unvaccinated are "propagating this outbreak" as Delta spreads
Did a love triangle ultimatum lead to murder?
July 31, 2021CBS
Did a love triangle ultimatum lead to murder?
Florida breaks single-day COVID-19 cases record
July 31, 2021CBS
Florida breaks single-day COVID-19 cases record
Belarusian sprinter refuses to leave Tokyo, says she was forced to airport
August 01, 2021Politico
Belarusian sprinter refuses to leave Tokyo, says she was forced to airport
U.S. medalist Raven Saunders does 'X' protest at Olympic ceremony to support oppressed
August 01, 2021MSNBC
U.S. medalist Raven Saunders does 'X' protest at Olympic ceremony to support oppressed
Biden officials say US is still better off than earlier in pandemic despite new steps to fight Delta variant
August 01, 2021CNN
Biden officials say US is still better off than earlier in pandemic despite new steps to fight Delta variant
Belarusian sprinter in Tokyo: 'I am afraid that I might be jailed in Belarus'
August 01, 2021CNN
Belarusian sprinter in Tokyo: 'I am afraid that I might be jailed in Belarus'
Miami Beach Mayor Blames DeSantis After Florida Sets COVID-19 Case Record
August 01, 2021Newsweek
Miami Beach Mayor Blames DeSantis After Florida Sets COVID-19 Case Record
Ex-GOP Rep. Slams Republicans' 'War on Public Health' Amid COVID Surge
August 01, 2021Newsweek
Ex-GOP Rep. Slams Republicans' 'War on Public Health' Amid COVID Surge
China Tests Millions, Issues New Travel Guidances as Outbreak Spreads
August 01, 2021Newsweek
China Tests Millions, Issues New Travel Guidances as Outbreak Spreads
Video Captures Start of Bourbon Street Shooting
August 01, 2021Newsweek
Video Captures Start of Bourbon Street Shooting
'Rain City' Faces 47-Day Dry Streak as Seattle Hits 4th-Longest Drought
August 01, 2021Newsweek
'Rain City' Faces 47-Day Dry Streak as Seattle Hits 4th-Longest Drought
Evacuations lifted as progress made against western fires
August 01, 2021ABC News
Evacuations lifted as progress made against western fires
New Zealand Apologizes For 1970s Immigration Raids That Targeted Pacific Islanders
August 01, 2021NPR
New Zealand Apologizes For 1970s Immigration Raids That Targeted Pacific Islanders
Infections surging and 'things are going to get worse,' Fauci says; Florida breaks another record: Live COVID updates
August 01, 2021USA Today
Infections surging and 'things are going to get worse,' Fauci says; Florida breaks another record: Live COVID updates
AOC Calls Out Democrats for Letting Eviction Moratorium Expire
August 01, 2021Newsweek
AOC Calls Out Democrats for Letting Eviction Moratorium Expire
Local reporters in Covid hot spots push to break through to the unvaccinated
August 01, 2021CNN
Local reporters in Covid hot spots push to break through to the unvaccinated
At least 10 people injured in a mass shooting in New York
August 01, 2021CNN
At least 10 people injured in a mass shooting in New York
McCarthy jokes 'it will be hard not to hit' Pelosi with gavel if he becomes House speaker
August 01, 2021CNN
McCarthy jokes 'it will be hard not to hit' Pelosi with gavel if he becomes House speaker