During an announcement on Friday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions said that the Department of Justice was going to possibly subpoena journalists to learn the truth of who is leaking classified information to the public.
Sessions was accompanied by the Director of National Intelligence, Dan Coats. Coats and Sessions have been trying to get on top of the constant leaks from the White House that have infuriated Trump. Sessions revealed the severity of the leaks saying:
“In the first six months of this administration, DOJ has already received nearly as many criminal referrals involving unauthorized disclosures of classified information as we received in the last three years combined.”
Sessions also noted that the investigations have tripled since their beginnings. He also noted that he would respect the press’s rights and give them respect but would not hold back from persecuting those breaking the law:
“We respect the important role that the press plays and will give them respect, but it is not unlimited. They cannot place lives at risk with impunity. We must balance their role with protecting our national security and the lives of those who serve in our intelligence community, the armed forces, and all law-abiding Americans.”
The new statements from Sessions comes at a unique time since he was just recently attacked via President Trump’s Twitter account. Just last week, Trump wrote, “Attorney General Jeff Sessions has taken a VERY weak position on Hillary Clinton crimes (where are E-mails & DNC server) & Intel leakers!” The leaks just continue to come with little slowdown at all.
Sessions has warned employees not to leak any more information, and DNI Coats issued the following warning:
“For those out there who may be listening or watching these announcements understand this: if you improperly disclose classified information, we will find you. We will investigate you. We will prosecute you to the fullest extent of the law, and you will not be happy with the result.”
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