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.
Mr Sessions said the Trump administration is determined to tackle "the staggering number of leaks undermining the ability of our government to protect this country".
He also warned that the federal government was "taking a stand" against the "culture of leaking" and took a moment during his prepared remarks to speak directly to "would-be leakers".
"I've listened to our career investigators, FBI agents...and our prosecutors about how to most successfully investigate and prosecute these matters", Sessions said.
"These national security breaches do not just originate in the intelligence community", Coats stated. Justice Department officials also said they were reviewing guidelines meant to make it hard for the government to subpoena journalists about their sources, and would not rule out the possibility that a reporter could be prosecuted. "No government can be effective when its leaders cannot discuss sensitive matters in confidence or to talk freely in confidence with foreign leaders", he said.
His Justice Department announcement comes amid news reports involving the Trump campaign and White House that relied on classified information.
"We respect the important role the press plays and will give them respect, but they can not place lives at risk with impunity", he said. They can not place lives at risk.
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Sessions added a pointed warning to intelligence agency employees who reveal classified information: "I have this message for our friends in the intelligence community - the Department of Justice is open for business".
The attorney general said four people are already being prosecuted to allegedly leaking, though he did not provide any details.
"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.
"For those out there who may be listening or watching, or who will later learn what has been said here this morning, understand this: If you improperly disclose classified information, we will find you, we will investigate you, we will prosecute you to the fullest extent of the law, and you will not be happy with the result", Coats concluded.
The flow of leaks has frustrated the White House, which has been dealing with the cloud of investigation since before the president's inauguration. That includes, they said, policies that require high-level approval before reporters and media companies can be compelled to turn over information.
The Washington Post on Thursday published transcripts of his conversations with the leaders of Mexico and Australia.
Team Trump has been stung repeatedly by a series of embarrassing leaks, including that first son Donald Trump Jr. and son-in-law Jared Kushner had met with a Kremlin-linked Russian lawyer who wanted to dish dirt on Hillary Clinton.