AG Jeff Sessions, citing leaks, says he’s “reviewing policies” for subpoenaing the press. “They cannot place lives at risk with impunity.” pic.twitter.com/U35g1QankV
— NBC News (@NBCNews) August 4, 2017
Attorney General Jeff Sessions held a press briefing announcing a broad crackdown on government leakers — on the heels of the release of President Donald Trump’s calls with foreign leaders — and even suggested the Justice Department is looking into subpoenaing journalists.
desperate attempt to save his job presser, Sessions laid down the law on leakers, declaring the “culture of leaking must stop” — before apparently throwing a nod to Trump’s long-held desire to prosecute reporters.
After noting that investigations into White House leaks have tripled under the Trump administration, Sessions said his department is looking into “how to most successfully investigate and prosecute these matters.”
Sessions continued that after speaking with investigators and FBI officials, the Justice Department is ““reviewing policies affecting media subpoenas.”
“We respect the important role that the press plays, and we’ll give them respect, but it is not unlimited,” he said before the room of reporters. “They cannot place lives at risk with impunity. 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.”
“The Department of Justice is open for business, and I have this warning for would-be leakers: Don’t do it,” Sessions concluded.
After Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats spoke, the presser concluded without any questions.
Watch above, via NBC News.
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