Fox News host Chris Wallace and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein discussed Sunday the White House leaks issue and what the Department of Justice can do about them. Wallace quoted Attorney General Jeff Sessions multiple times, as Sessions said Friday the department planned a crackdown on leaks by revamping the rules governing media subpoenas.
The announcement unsettled many journalists as they feared they might be prosecuted for hiding the identities of leakers.
The DOJ Would Prosecute Anybody
In the recent interview, Wallace reminded Rosenstein that many of the White House leakers are not members of the “deep state” or U.S. spies. They are White House staff members or members of Congress. Wallace asked the DOJ official if the department planned to prosecute any of these people if they leaked classified information to the press.
Rosenstein replied that a response largely depends on the “facts and circumstances” of the leak, which are more important for an investigation than the leaker himself.
So if we identify somebody, no matter what their position is, if they violated the law […], we’ll prosecute them,
Donald Trump Leaked Top Secret Info Too
However, if Rosenstein stays true to his words, Donald Trump should be prosecuted first since a few months ago he leaked classified information to two top Russian diplomats in plain sight. Furthermore, his Cabinet is packed with leakers.
Trump’s former comms director Anthony Scaramucci even suggested the president was a leaker. He said in a CNN interview with Jake Tapper that Trump told him that if the Russians had been behind the DNC hacks, no one would have ever learned about it. In short, the president’s views about the Russian’s intelligence skills should have been kept a secret.
On top of that, leaking information t push for an agenda is a decades-old tactic. For example, Dick Cheney leaked classified info to push for the lie that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction.
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