Sessions: Trump admin reviewing policy on media subpoenas

President Donald Trump listens as Attorney General Jeff Sessions speaks in the Oval Office of the White House on Feb. 9. According to The New York Times

For months, President Trump and key Republican lawmakers have been calling on the Justice Department to investigate leaks, asking the department to find out who disclosed to reporters classified information surrounding the USA government's ongoing probe of Russian meddling in last year's presidential election.

The announcement comes after months of embarrassing disclosures about the Trump administration, which spurred President Trump to call on the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Justice Department to get tougher on leaks.

"I have listened to career investigators and prosecutors about how to most successfully investigate and prosecute these matters", Sessions said.

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This is published unedited from the PTI feed.

On Friday, Sessions appeared alongside Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats, Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein and National Counterintelligence and Security Center Director William Evanina. 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.

Sessions also said that the US Department of Justice is reviewing policies concerning subpoenas for the press about intelligence leaks.

"We will not allow rogue anonymous sources with security clearances to sell out our country any longer", Sessions said. They can not place lives at risk with impunity.

Coats gave a warning to anyone who possesses classified information who might be thinking about leaking that information.

The attorney general said four people are already being prosecuted to allegedly leaking, though he did not provide any details.

"They endanger the men and women of the intelligence community, the armed services, and those who serve overseas", he said.

"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.

"We will find out, we will investigate you, we will prosecute you to the fullest extent of the law and you will not be happy with the result", he said.

White House staff members may be subject to lie-detector tests as part of the effort to determine who is leaking the sensitive national security information, Kellyanne Conway, counselor to President Trump, warned Friday. Rosenstein said he would meet with media representatives to discuss the ideas next week. "And, most importantly, as I have previously noted, these unauthorised disclosures endanger the safety and security of Americans across the country", Coats said.

These first months of the Trump administration dramatically illustrate that point.

There has already been one arrest of a leaker related to the Russian Federation investigation.

Top Republicans on Capitol Hill were furious over the leaked transcripts of the president's phone calls with foreign leaders.

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