Breitbart News, which has been under scrutiny since the election, was one of the first sites to go dark, shutting down its online news aggregator in early December, before moving on to its home page.
But it wasn’t the only news site to go offline in the Trump era.
The website was one among many left-leaning news sites that were shut down in the 2016 election as well, and many are still around.
Breitbart’s site went offline on January 11, 2017.
The company was shut down on December 6, 2017, after it published a story on the FBI investigation into alleged ties between President Donald Trump’s campaign and Russia.
The story was subsequently retracted.
The Daily Beast reported on the shutdown of Breitbart on November 14, 2018.
The news site was shuttered in February, after a report revealed a series of “unmasking” operations.
The operation included Trump associates discussing how to get their names out to journalists.
On December 7, 2017 a federal judge ordered the government to hand over all communications between Trump and Trump campaign officials, and the Justice Department and FBI have since been scrambling to find new ways to comply with the order.
The Department of Justice said in a statement on December 9 that it had “identified and removed thousands of documents” related to the investigation, including emails and voicemails.
The Trump administration has since argued that the communications between officials were not illegal, but some critics say the Justice Dept. is making excuses for the shutdown to cover up the Trump administration’s collusion with Russia during the election.
The DOJ said in its statement that it was “reviewing its compliance strategy with the judge’s order,” but that the department was “notifying Congress of any changes to the program.”