Sessions Declares War On Leakers, Threatens Press With Subpoenas: “We Will Not Hesitate To Bring Criminal Action”

Friday, August 4, 2017
By Paul Martin

by Tyler Durden
Aug 4, 2017

President Donald Trump’s strategy of publicly shaming Attorney General Jeff Sessions to force him to aggressively pursue the leakers who have been a persistent source of agitation for his administration appears to have worked. After announcing during a press conference last month that he wanted Sessions “to go full-bore” in his pursuit of leakers, the “beleaguered” attorney general appears to be doing exactly that.

During a live press briefing on Friday that was tantamount to a declaration of war, Sessions said the Department of Justice will be cracking down on leaks of classified information, and is considering subpoenaing journalists to force them to reveal their sources in the Trump administration.

Furthermore, the attorney general boasted that scrutiny of leakers is already a priority for the DOJ, claiming that the number of open leak investigations has tripled during the Trump administration. Under the new policy framework, the FBI will create a counterintelligence unit specifically to manage these cases, according to the Hill.

“We are taking a stand,” Mr Sessions said. “This culture of leaking must stop,” according to the Financial Times.

“These leaks hurt our country,” said Mr Sessions. “Every agency — and Congress — must do better.”

Sessions said the department will prioritize “unauthorized” disclosures – we assume this means leaks that aren’t a part of official communications department strategy which is…probably all of them – and that the DOJ “will not hesitate” to press criminal charges.

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