Considered posting on skeptics or politics, so please let me know if this should be moved.
Donald Trump Jr. recently posted the email exchange between him and Rob Goldstone to his twitter feed.
However, my question concerns something brought up by the Times.
Told that The Times was going to publish the contents of his emails, he went into damage-control mode, hastily posting photos of the email chain, along with a statement, minutes before The Times published its story.
Assuming that the Times didn't obtain the emails from any of the parties involved (Rob Goldstone, Donald Trump Jr., Paul Manafort, Jared Kushner), how could they have legally obtained the emails? I understand the idea of anonymous sources, but would an aide or some other person with access to this account not be breaching some sort of privacy laws by sharing emails like this? Are there laws protecting journalists that obtain information illegally?