The Trump Administration has long been obsessed with getting to the bottom of “illegal leaking,” and the issue has come up most recently in the President’s criticism of his Attorney General, former Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions. While that criticism has been heated, and there has been talk of Sessions soon being unemployed, individuals close to him have made it very clear that he has no intention of going anywhere.
Even still, however, there is a new report out from Fox News that states that Sessions is g
iving into the president on a key point, that of the “leaks.” On Tuesday, Trump griped on Twitter that Sessions had “taken a VERY weak position on… Intel leakers!” He followed that tweet up by saying:
‘I want the attorney general to be much tougher. I want the leaks from intelligence agencies, which are leaking like rarely have they ever leaked before, at a very important level. These are intelligence agencies we cannot have that happen.’
Now, Sessions will, according to anonymous individuals speaking to Fox News, be soon opening an investigation into leaks. The sources leaking to Fox state that the initiative has been in the works for some time, implying, of course, that it is not in direct response to the president’s latest round of attacks on everyone and everything within reach, including Sessions. The announcement about the new investigations “will most likely happen sometime in the next week.”
Trump, of course, isn’t the only member of his administration to get all riled up over leaks. For instance, earlier this year — when White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer still had a job — Spicer was reported to have seized staffers personal devices in an effort to cut down on leaks. Out of paranoia, Trump Administration staffers were reported around the same time to have started taking drastic measures, including using encrypted messaging apps, to keep themselves from falling under suspicion.
In addition to all of this, the newest addition to the White House communications team, incoming Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci, has said that he will “fire everybody” in order to put a stop to the leaks.
Sessions’ initiative may or may not be more successful than the strategies of “firing everybody” and seizing everyone’s phones, respectively — only time will tell. It will reportedly “look at news reports that publicized sensitive intelligence material, according to officials who have been briefed on the matter.”
As a side note, it is definitely noteworthy for these reports to come out about Trump Administration efforts to crack down on leaks when the reports themselves are based on leaks. It doesn’t exactly bode well for the success of the administration’s efforts to put a stop to the whole thing.
One individual — former federal government security contractor Reality Winner — has already faced criminal charges for leaking since Trump took office, but that’s just one individual among a whole lot.
The success or failure of Sessions’ efforts — even if they weren’t prompted by the president’s recent criticisms — could weigh on whether or not he keeps his job.
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