The mainstream media is hard at work in their efforts to derail the Trump administration with major leaks that keep on coming, still seven months into Donald J. Trump’s Presidency.
Just this week, the Washington Post published classified transcripts of President Trump’s phone conversations from the Oval Office. The calls occurred in January and were with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto and Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.
The Post published the report on Thursday, laying out in detail the full conversation Trump had with the world leaders on highly classified issues. The Washington Post didn’t name its sources and knowingly published classified information in order to hurt the Trump administration.
Former U.S. Attorney, Joe diGenova, told Fox News that the individuals responsible for leaking the classified transcripts to the media did in fact violate federal law.
“The unauthorized release of these documents to the press is a crime.” diGenova said. “The series of acts involving release of notes of the president’s conversations with foreign leaders, and these transcripts, are a serious threat to national security.”
Doug Burns, a former federal prosecutor in New York, agreed, “There is a federal statute that makes it a crime, a federal crime, to disseminate classified information to an unauthorized person,” Doug Burns said during an interview with Fox News.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions indicated on Friday that the Department of Justice is reviewing its policies on subpoenaing reporters in cases involving leaks harmful to our national security.
Sessions said the Justice Department was “reviewing policies affecting media subpoenas” and that those who leak classified information will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.
“We respect the important role that the press plays and will give them respect, but it is not unlimited,” Sessions said. “They cannot place lives at risk with impunity. 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.”
Sessions said he has tripled investigations into leaks since being appointed attorney general, which is a positive sign going forward as leakers and mainstream media outlets continue to place their own political agendas ahead of our nation’s national security.
The hunt is on for those leaking classified information from the White House and the end result will be persecution.
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