SHOCK: Former FBI Official Reveals DOJ Refused to Prosecute Lawmakers Leaking Classified Intel

Friday, August 4, 2017
By Paul Martin

Joshua Caplan
Aug 4th, 2017

Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued a stern warning to leakers Friday. He announced the Department of Justice is exploring ways to crackdown on the media for publishing sensitive information.

A stunning report from The Daily Beast reveals the DOJ refused to prosecute lawmakers who leaked classified information, despite recommendation from the FBI.

Daily Beast reports:

“The Justice Department currently has nearly three times as many active leak investigations as the number pending at the end of the Obama administration, he added.

Sessions also claimed that some news stories based on leaked classified information put members of the American military at risk. His top deputy, Rod Rosenstein, declined to tell reporters afterward which stories they believe put people in danger.

“We are taking a stand,” Sessions said. “This culture of leaking must stop.”

Ron Hosko, former deputy director of the FBI, said these changes could result in prosecution of members of Congress and Hill staffers. In the past, he said the FBI identified members of Congress who leaked classified information, who the Justice Department then declined to prosecute. Agents were often frustrated by this, Hosko added. Given the attorney general’s announcement, he said, members of Congress and Hill staffers may be more likely to face prosecution.

“Let’s face it: Capitol Hill leaks like a sieve,” Hosko said.

“I think that Sessions is trying to change the calculus,” he added. “He’s issuing a threat to those who leak and he is, perhaps, telling his own investigators and prosecutors to be more aggressive in finding it and in charging it.”

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