MSNBC host: ‘I look forward to ignoring DOJ’s subpoena’


NBC’s “Meet the Press” moderator Chuck Todd responded to the prospect of being issued a subpoena by saying he would ignore it on Friday, following Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ press briefing on cracking down on White House leakers.

“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 on Twitter.

The potential for media outlets to be investigated follows Sessions’ warning that media could be targeted during his announcement of the crackdown. Included in the investigation will be a review of DOJ policy on issuing subpoenas to media outlets who have released sensitive information.

“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 said. “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.”

Various members of the Trump administration have claimed to be the ones who will eradicate the scourge of leakers manipulating the White House’s day-to-day operation, but Sessions wanted to make clear that amateur hour is over: No need for fancy language, just the calm recognition of a new sheriff in town.

“I have this message for the intelligence community: The Department of Justice is open for business,” Sessions added. “And I have this warning for would-be leakers: Don’t do it.”

Todd took Sessions’ statement as a threat but made a show of being unfazed.

“The worst way to stop leaks: threats,” Todd tweeted, apparently responding to Sessions.

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