Fox News is reporting that Attorney General Jeff Sessions will soon announce several investigations into the criminal leaks that are plaguing the White House.
Citing an unnamed U.S. official, Fox News reports that the efforts to accelerate investigations into the leaks will be announced later this week and that the DOJ has been preparing to turn up the intensity for some time.
The investigations will look at news reports that publicized sensitive intelligence material.
The timing of the announcement is interesting. It comes amid tensions between the White House and the Justice Department.
President Trump has held nothing back when coming down on his attorney general for recusing himself in the Russia investigation and for not taking a hard-nosed stance against Hillary Clinton and her questionable dealings with Ukraine.
Trump has called Sessions’ tactics “weak” and voiced that he is “disappointed” with the attorney general.
Trump’s attacks on Sessions — who was by far his most loyal supporter during the 2016 campaign — has been criticized by politicians on both sides of the aisle and by numerous conservatives, including Dennis Michael Lynch.
“I have never seen anything like this in my life, presidents don’t throw their own cabinet members under the bus in public,” said DML about Trump’s tweets earlier this week. “Sessions is the best performing member of Trump’s team.”
Trump said Tuesday that Sessions has not been tougher on leaks from the intelligence community. “I want the attorney general to be much tougher,” Trump said. “I want the leaks from intelligence agencies, which are leaking like rarely have they ever leaked before, at a very important level. These are intelligence agencies we cannot have that happen.”
The newly appointed White House communications director, Anthony Scaramucci told a radio show host on Tuesday that it appears Trump wants Sessions to leave his post as attorney general but emphasized he did not want to speak for the president. Scaramucci also said he was prepared to “fire everybody” to stop leaks coming from the press office.
Speaking to reporters, Scaramucci said that he was “not doing an investigation. I’m just going to get the leaking to stop.” He stressed that he had “the authority from the president to do that.”
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