Jeff Sessions Wants to Stop Leaks by Targeting Journalists

Jeff Sessions Wants to Stop Leaks by Targeting Journalists

For months, President Trump and key Republican lawmakers have been calling on the Justice Department to investigate leaks, asking the department to find out who disclosed to reporters classified information surrounding the USA government's ongoing probe of Russian meddling in last year's presidential election.

"I strongly agree with the president and condemn in the strongest terms the staggering number of leaks undermining the ability of our government to protect this country", Sessions, under mounting pressure from Trump, told reporters.

"This nation must end this culture of leaks", Sessions said.

Sessions' announcement certainly didn't sit well with NBC's Chuck Todd, who said on Twitter that he would ignore the subpoena if the new policy goes into effect.

Sessions said he has directed deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to "actively monitor" leak investigations and "appointed our U.S. Attorneys to prioritize cases involving unauthorized disclosures".

Mr Sessions was joined by Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats, who issued a stark warning to leakers. At their suggestion, one of the things we are doing is reviewing policies affecting media subpoenas. "No government can be effective when its leader cannot discuss sensitive matters in confidence or to talk freely in confidence with foreign leaders".

The announcement comes just days President Trump called on Sessions to be much tougher on the leaks from intelligence agencies, which he said last week "are leaking like rarely have they ever leaked before at a very important level. We will not allow rogue anonymous sources with security clearances to sell out our country any longer", Sessions said in his remarks. They can not place lives at risk. "We must balance their role with protecting our national security and the lives of those who serve in the intelligence community, the armed forces and all law-abiding Americans".

Four people have already been charged with unlawfully disclosing classified information or concealing contacts with foreign intelligence officers, the attorney general noted.




The Justice Department has already received almost as many criminal referrals involving unauthorized disclosures of classified information than in the previous three years combined. Freedom of the press, Sessions warns, "is not unlimited".

"We will prosecute you to the fullest extent of the law and you will not be happy with the result", he said.

"It's easier to figure out who's leaking than the leakers may realize", Conway said on Fox News.

The Washington Post has published embarrassing transcripts of conversations the President held with the leaders of Mexico and Australia back in January.

Asked if lie detectors might be used, she answered, "Well, they may, they may not".

"President Trump made the right move in sticking with him as the Department's priorities of rule of law, public safety, and securing our borders are such a welcome change from the recent past", he said.

Yet Trump's anger about the leaks of sensitive and classified information was ignited even before his inauguration.

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