Jeff Sessions Wants to Stop Leaks by Targeting Journalists

Attorney General Jeff Sessions spoke Tuesday in Atlanta at the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives conference

A number of leaks are suspected to be coming from Obama administration holdovers in the intelligence community, prompting Sessions to call on leading officials to work with DOJ to stop them.

Sessions on Friday said that "no government can be effective when its leaders cannot discuss freely with foreign leaders".

Coats said he is convinced the leaks are being perpetrated by members of Congress and the executive branch. They can not place lives at risk with impunity.

"We will not allow rogue anonymous sources with security clearance to sell out our country", Sessions said at a news conference at the Department of Justice, promising to hunt down leakers and then throw the book at them.

Trump's outbursts against media organizations he derides as "fake news" have led to predictions that his administration will more aggressively try to root out leaks, and the timing of the Justice Department's announcement - one week after the president complained on Twitter that Sessions had been weak on "intel leakers" - raised questions about whether the attorney general was working to quell the anger of the man who appointed him.

The announcement comes just days President Trump called on Sessions to be much tougher on the leaks from intelligence agencies, which he said last week "are leaking like rarely have they ever leaked before at a very important level".

"I've listened to our career investigators, FBI agents and others, and of prosecutors about how to most successfully investigate and prosecute these matters", Sessions said.

"One of the things we are doing is reviewing policies affecting media subpoenas".

Sessions also said that the government aims to triple the number of leak investigations.


"I have a message for the intelligence community: The Department of Justice is open for business".

Sessions was accompanied by Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and National Counterintelligence and Security Center Director William Evanina.

In June, U.S. intelligence agencies formally asked the Department of Justice to investigate Russia-related "leaks" - referring as many as six leaks for investigation, according to sources familiar with the matter at the time.

"They endanger the men and women of the intelligence community, the armed services, and those who serve overseas", he said.

"We will find out, we will investigate you, we will prosecute you to the fullest extent of the law and you will not be happy with the result", he said.

The flow of leaks has frustrated the White House, which has been dealing with the cloud of investigation since before the president's inauguration. "And, most importantly, as I have previously noted, these unauthorised disclosures endanger the safety and security of Americans across the country", Coats said.

Hours later, the Wall Street Journal reported a grand jury had been convened in special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation of the Trump campaign's alleged ties to Russian Federation.

These first months of the Trump administration dramatically illustrate that point.

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