Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats addressed the nation on Friday, unveiling new steps the Trump administration was taking to crackdown on leakers and prosecute those who illegally share classified material with the media.
Sessions doubled-down on his fight against leakers both inside the administration and throughout the intelligence community, saying the Department of Justice and the FBI were taking bold action to clamp-down on the staggering number of leaks plaguing the White house.
“I condmen in the strongest terms the staggering number of leaks undermining the ability of our government to protect this country,” said the Attorney General. “No government can be effective when its members cannot speak in confidence.”
“We are taking a stand,” he added. “This culture of leaking must stop.”
Sessions went on to list a variety of new methods the DOJ intends to use in its fight against leakers, incuding the creation of an FBI counter-intelligence task force, prioritizing the prosecution of those suspected of sharing classified material, and issuing subpoenas to members of the media.
“This nation must end this culture of leaking […] We will not allow rogue anonymous sources with security clearances to sell out our country any longer,” said the Attorney General. “These cases are never easy. But cases will be made, and leakers will be held accountable.”
Watch the Attorney General crackdown on leakers above.