Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who has been publicly criticized by President Trump over recusing himself from the Russia investigation, will hold a press conference Friday about the rampant leaks in the administration. Sessions will discuss his strategy for cracking down on the leaks.
According to The Washington Free Beacon, President Donald Trump has increased focus on the constant flow of leaks his administration has suffered, and now the attorney general may take a more public stand against leakers who break the law, Fox News reports. Sessions’ remarks are expected to describe how the Department of Justice will further pursue illegal leaks, but it is unclear whether he will name specific investigations or offer an overview of department efforts to protect secrets.
Republicans in the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee wrote a report in July that called on the Department of Justice to strengthen investigations into chronic leaking. The report was entitled “State Secrets: How and Avalanche of Media Leaks is Harming National Security” and the authors wrote that an “unprecedented wave” of sensitive information was being leaked.
“To ensure the security of our country’s most sensitive information, federal law enforcement officials ought to thoroughly investigate leaks of potentially sensitive information flowing at an alarming rate,” the study’s executive summary said.
Former White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci made leaks his top priority and threatened to “fire everybody” because of them. Now Scaramucci is out of the administration and Sessions may take a more leading role on the issue.
Trump has stated that he wants Sessions to come down hard on the leakers, noting that the information hemorrhages could put the United States in a vulnerable position.
The president is absolutely right. This sort of thing compromises national security, possibly putting our international assets at risk – something we can’t afford, particularly with North Korea continuing to act as an aggressor.
Hopefully, Sessions has a solid plan for dealing with this crisis to ensure the safety of our president and our country.