Jeff Sessions: I Don’t Know If I Can Commit to Not Jailing Reporters for Doing Their Jobs
During Jeff Sessions‘ appearance before the Senate Judiciary Committee, the attorney general declined to promise that the Justice Department would never imprison journalists.
Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) was speaking to Sessions about freedom of the press, and she asked him “will you commit to not putting reporters in jail for doing their jobs?”
“I don’t know if I can make a blanket commitment to that effect,” Sessions responded, “but I would say we have not taken any aggressive action against the media at this point.”
Sessions continued to say that the government would use “utilize the authorities that we have, legally and constitutionally” in order to confront media people who’s reporting pertains to national security.
Klobuchar didn’t seem pleased with that response, seeing as she was “concerned” due to President Trump‘s recent talk of contesting the broadcasting licenses for networks where he does not approve of their reporting.
Watch above, via CSPAN.
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