Regulator seeks input on changing "Volcker Rule" US attorney fired by Trump sends well-wishes to new Federal Bureau of Investigation director MORE on Friday announced a government-wide crackdown on leakers, which will include a review of the Justice Department's policies on subpoenas for media outlets that publish sensitive information.
"Third, as I said, we tripled the number of active leak investigations".
In a letter to Sessions, Republican Albuquerque Mayor Richard Berry denied that New Mexico's largest city is a sanctuary for immigrants living in the country illegally and said he has been trying to work with immigration authorities since taking office in 2009. In recent weeks Trump specifically urged Sessions-a target of the President's ire for recusing himself on matters related to Russian meddling in the 2016 election-to boost leak prosecutions.
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Sessions said he has directed deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to "actively monitor" leak investigations and "appointed our U.S. Attorneys to prioritize cases involving unauthorized disclosures".
The attorney general also said he wanted to review policies on media subpoenas - compelling journalists to testify in court - to balance the role of the press with protecting national security.
"No one is entitled to surreptitiously fight their battles in the media by revealing sensitive government information", Sessions said in an announcement that followed a series of news reports this year on the Trump campaign and White House that have relied on classified information. "We will not allow rogue anonymous sources with security clearances to sell out our country any longer", Sessions said in his remarks. They can not place lives at risk with impunity.
The Justice Department has warned some of the information being leaked has the potential to threaten national security.
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"I've listened to our career investigators, FBI agents and others, and of prosecutors about how to most successfully investigate and prosecute these matters", Sessions said.
Four people have already been charged with unlawfully disclosing classified information or concealing contacts with foreign intelligence officers, the attorney general noted.
"Anyone who engages in these criminal acts is betraying the intelligence community and the American people", Coats said.
"We will prosecute you to the fullest extent of the law and you will not be happy with the result", he said.
The flow of leaks has frustrated the White House, which has been dealing with the cloud of investigation since before the president's inauguration.
Sessions said prevention is key given the significant damage that occurs hen leaks are made. Rosenstein said he would meet with media representatives to discuss the ideas next week.
Trump counselor Kellyanne Conway told "Fox & Friends" that "it's easier to figure out who's leaking than the leakers may realize".
Only this week transcripts of rancorous calls between President Trump and foreign leaders surfaced in the Washington Post.