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OPEN FOR BUSINESS: DOJ Coming For Leakers, Sessions Says

OPEN FOR BUSINESS: DOJ Coming For Leakers, Sessions Says

Attorney General Jeff Sessions is making it clear the Department of Justice is trying to get to the bottom of the "leaks" coming out of the White House, and it will resort to new tactics, if necessary.

President Donald Trump has publicly chided Sessions for the leaks emerging from the intelligence community during his administration, saying recently that it was part of the reason he was disappointed in his attorney general.

Sessions further directed Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and FBI Director Christopher Wray to personally oversee classified leak investigations, and ordered US attorneys to prioritize prosecutions of leakers.

"This culture of leaking must stop", Sessions said.

Without citing any specific examples, he said, "leaks are incredibly damaging".

This is published unedited from the PTI feed.

Dan Coats, the director of national intelligence, promised that he would help with the crackdown.

He also signaled that the department may become more aggressive about prosecuting journalists, saying those policies are now under review. "No government can be effective when its leaders cannot discuss sensitive matters in confidence or to talk freely in confidence with foreign leaders".

The Justice Department has experienced an "explosion" in the number of referrals, or requests for probes, this year from intelligence agencies over the leak of classified information, prompting the attorney general to consider whether to loosen regulations on when it can subpoena media organizations.

"We respect the important role that the press plays and will give them respect, but it is not unlimited", Sessions said in prepared remarks. They can not place lives at risk with impunity.

"I have this warning for would-be leakers: Don't do it", Sessions said.

"We must balance the press 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", he said.

To members of the intelligence community who may be considering an unauthorized leak, Coats said, "Anyone who engages in these criminal acts is betraying the intelligence community and the American people".

Coats warned that the DOJ is prepared to identify individuals "betraying" the American people by illegally sharing classified information and forwarding their information to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Let's be honest. What the Trump White House obsession with leaks is really about is the Russian Federation scandal.

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

That came to a head this week when the full transcripts of Trump's phone calls with foreign leaders were leaked to The Washington Post.

Asked if lie detectors might be used, she answered, "Well, they may, they may not". Graham said. "It's just not fair to President Trump".

Coates noted DNI is strengthening the security clearence application process is order to prevent potential leakers from gaining access to classified information in the first place.



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