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Jeff Sessions warns government leakers: You 'will be prosecuted'


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Attorney General Jeff Sessions said Friday that the Justice Department is ramping up steps to investigate and prosecute government leakers, a day after transcripts of President Trump's calls with two foreign leaders were leaked to the Washington Post.
"Criminals who would illegally use their access to our most sensitive information to endanger our national security are in fact being investigated, and will be prosecuted," he said in a press conference.

Sessions stressed that his department doesn't confirm or deny specific investigations, but made it clear there are many more leak investigations ongoing today than there were less than a year ago.
"Since January, the department has more than triple the number of active leak investigations compared to the number pending at the end of the last administration," he said. "And we've already charged four people with unlawfully disclosing classified material or with concealing contacts with federal officers.":snip:

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The Four Leak Prosecutions Sessions’ DOJ Already Pursuing

Feds target overt press disclosures and mishandling of secret information as part of crackdown

by Brendan Kirby | Updated 04 Aug 2017 at 4:19 PM


Attorney General Jeff Sessions did not just make promises Friday when he addressed the leaking epidemic plaguing President Donald Trump’s administration, he highlighted concrete actions the Justice Department has already taken.

Sessions referenced four criminal prosecutions that are under way, although he offered no details. In response to questions from LifeZette, Justice Department officials offered an accounting of those cases. The best-known defendant — and the only one tied specifically to a media leak — probably is Reality Leigh Winner, a contractor who drew headlines in June when prosecutors accused her of leaking classified information she had access to in her job.

While Winner’s case involves a leak to the media, the other three that Sessions referenced involve alleged mishandling of secret information. The other defendants are :snip: 


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Chuck Todd: 'I look forward to ignoring' DOJ subpoena

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NBC's "Meet the Press" moderator Chuck Todd said on Friday that he would ignore any subpoena the Department of Justice issues him if the agency pursues media outlets in its investigation of leaks. "If DoJ media source threat is real (I assume it's not; just a show presser to please WH) then I look forward to ignoring that subpoena," Todd wrote to his 1.79 million followers. Todd's declaration comes after Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) SessionsKelly called Sessions to assure him job is safe: report Overnight Regulation: Senate confirms Trump pick to labor board | Court lets states defend ozone rule | Regulator seeks input on changing 'Volcker Rule' US attorney fired by Trump sends ... :snip: 



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