Rosenstein Says Trump Russia Probe Is Not a 'Fishing Expedition'

by Abel Hampton August 7, 2017, 0:26
Rosenstein Says Trump Russia Probe Is Not a 'Fishing Expedition'

"If you find any [White House officials and members of Congress], have committed these leaks, have disclosed classified information, will you prosecute?"

"Sessions' comments seem meant to have a chilling effect on journalism, by making reporters and their sources think twice before publishing information that the government does not like", Sterne said.

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein said Sunday that the Justice Department is not out to target and prosecute journalists, after mounting concern over how a newly announced crackdown on leaks could affect reporters. "The Attorney General has been very clear that we're after the leakers, not the journalists".

"Including anybody who breaks the law", said Rosenstein.

Sessions and Rosenstein on Friday announced a new Justice Department strategy to crack down on leaks, which Sessions said would include a review of "policies affecting media subpoenas", suggesting that he may pursue journalists in court to identify their sources. "Our goal is to prevent the leaks".

"You don't consider the publishing of classified information as a crime", Wallace said. Generally speaking, reporters who publish information are not committing a crime. "There might be a circumstance where they do".

Rosenstein said the Justice Department has experienced a "surge" of referrals pertaining to leaks of government information. "That will leave leave all Americans less informed about what the Trump administration is doing behind closed doors".

"The leaks right now are really bad", Johnson said. I haven't seen any of those to date. "I wouldn't rule it out if there were a case where the reporter was purposefully violating the law".

While Johnson said there should be a concerted effort to go after the leakers, he also floated a note of caution to Sessions, saying the Justice Department should be careful about what precedent its actions might set in court.

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