After having been taken to the woodshed publicly by President Trump, Attorney Jeff Sessions revealed in a press conference that he’s about to start some serious crackdowns on the leaks going on inside the administration.
Sessions is reviewing policies on issuing subpoenas for individuals involved in the investigation of government leaks.
According to TheBlaze, President Donald Trump has long vowed to get to the bottom of the issue, despite saying during the 2016 presidential campaign that he “loves WikiLeaks.” Former White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci even threatened to fire virtually everyone in the White House press office if it meant solving the ongoing problem.
“I’m committed to taking the comms shop down to [press secretary] Sarah [Huckabee Sanders] and me, if I can’t get the leaks to stop,” Scaramucci said July 25 during an interview with Politico.
Trump took aim at Sessions on Twitter on July 25, saying that his own attorney general took a “very weak position” on intelligence leakers.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions has taken a VERY weak position on Hillary Clinton crimes (where are E-mails & DNC server) & Intel leakers!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 25, 2017
Just two days later, Sessions said he and others at the Justice Department are considering whether to hold reporters accountable for information being leaked by government workers.
“We respect the important role that the press plays and will give them respect. But it is not unlimited. They cannot place lives at risk with impunity,” he said. “We must balance the press’ role with protecting our national security and the lives of those who serve in the intelligence community, law enforcement and all law-abiding Americans.”
This is a great first step in eliminating the problem of leakers in the administration, which should help to quell some of the sensationalism done by the mainstream media, as many “journalistic” outlets are going the distance to try and put Trump out to pasture.
Much of the information fed to the media has been inconsequential and has only served to keep folks distracted from the real issues facing our nation, such as the lack of GOP motivation to repeal Obamacare or to end threats to national security like ISIS.
Let’s hope Sessions is able to root out the problem.