Jeff Sessions bows to Trump pressure and launches crackdown on leakers
- Attorney general says DoJ has ‘tripled the number of active leak investigations’
- Trump had criticised ‘weak’ Sessions for failing to deal with intelligence leaks
The US justice department has “tripled the number of active leak investigations” and devoted new FBI resources to cracking down on leakers, Jeff Sessions, the attorney general, said in a press conference on Friday, promising also that the department was reviewing its approach to subpoenaing journalists.
“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,” Sessions warned. “We must balance their role with protecting our national security and the lives of those who serve in our intelligence community, the armed forces, and all law abiding Americans.”