More than 100 Senate staff, aides and interns have been warned against speaking to journalists about workplace issues, including sexual harassment, and the training aimed at preventing it.

At issue are two emails obtained from Senate sources that say it is a violation of the chamber's policies for workers to grant interviews to reporters. A third email, sent directly to us by the top Senate administrator, asked us to tell members of other news organizations not to approach aides and interns for interviews, but rather to speak with communications secretaries. We didn't act on that request because it's not our role to direct the reporting of other news organizations.

"To be making up a set of rules about when they do have First Amendment rights is itself a constitutional problem," said Ballard Spahr Partner Steve D. Zansberg. "There has to be clear limits that a reasonable person can understand, a line that can't be crossed."

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