Attorney General Jeff Sessions came out swinging Friday morning, announcing a firm and powerful crackdown on leaks coming from within the Trump administration that have gone out to the press.
“We respect the important role the press plays and we’ll give them respect, but it’s not unlimited,” Sessions said. “They cannot place lives at risk with impunity. We must balance the press’ role with protecting our national security and the lives of those who serve in the intelligence community, the Armed Forces and all law-abiding Americans.”
Sessions announced that the Justice Department has already filed charges against four people for “unlawfully disclosing classified material or with concealing contacts with foreign intelligence officers.” In addition, the Justice Department has already received nearly as many criminal referrals involving unauthorized disclosures of classified information as in the previous three years combined.
Recently, entire transcripts were leaked out on two private phone calls President Trump had with leaders from Mexico and Australia shortly after his inauguration.
Those opposing the crackdown, including the ACLU, are claiming it is a threat to whistleblowers and journalists and violates their civil rights.
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