After weeks of hearing the disappointment of President Trump, regarding Jeff Sessions performance as Attorney General, a new tone has emerged from inside the beltway.
Jeff Sessions, in a press conference today, is bringing down the hammer on leakers and anyone who acts against the government in exposing classified information.
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
Time has the info from today’s presser. And the media is not exempt!
Many of those investigations deal with the unauthorized disclosure of classified information, whether to the news media or foreign powers. Sessions announced that the department is “reviewing policy affecting media subpoenas.” The existing departmental policy was formulated by President Barack Obama’s former attorney general, Eric Holder, after consultation with media executives in Washington. That policy requires sign-off from the attorney general before initiating a subpoena or prosecuting journalists, whose work is protected by the First Amendment.
“We will not allow rogue anonymous sources with security clearances to sell out our country any longer,” Sessions said.
Deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein said the department was in the early stages of reviewing the 2015 regulations, and would consult with news executives before finalizing any changes. “Leaks to the media are not whistleblowing,” Rosenstein said.
Rosenstein also announced the formation of a designated unit of FBI investigators to probe leaks of classified information to the news media.
HUFFPO has this on the media leakers:
“I have this message for our friends in the intelligence community. The Department of Justice is open for business and I have, this morning, this warning: Don’t do it,” Sessions said. “For the past several months we have made changes and are seriously ramping up our efforts.”
Sessions also said the department is reviewing its policy on media subpoenas.
“We respect the important role the press plays and will give them respect, but they cannot place lives at risk with impunity,” he said. “We must balance their 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.”
It’s good to hear a firmer tone coming from the AG’s office after so many months of inaction. Let’s hope Sessions gins up the heat on the traitors who seek to destroy the current administration.