August 7, 2017

8-7-2017 Sessions vows to crack down on leaks Nuggets…..(Vox)

  • On Friday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that his office will aggressively go after leaks to the media, tripling the number of leak investigations that the Obama administration conducted. [NYT / Charlie Savage and Eileen Sullivan]
  • In many ways, leaking is a problem of Trump’s own making. The Trump White House is famous for warring factions and infighting, and it’s been plagued by leaks from the beginning. [Vox / Dara Lind]
  • That only appears to be getting worse; this week, the entire transcripts of Trump’s phone calls with the president of Mexico and the prime minister of Australia got out. That’s never happened before. [Washington Post / Greg Miller, Julie Vitkovskaya, and Reuben Fischer-Baum]
  • Sessions revealed a two-pronged approach to deal with the problem: Crack down on leakers inside the government, and crack down on the journalists they’re leaking to. [Vox / Tara Golshan]
  • There could be another reason for the timing of this announcement — Sessions wants to repair relations with his boss. [New Yorker / Jelani Cobb]
  • Judging from Trump’s recent tweets calling Sessions “beleaguered” and “VERY weak,” the attorney general is in deep trouble with him over (what else) the Russia investigation. Trump has long called for a crackdown on leakers, which Sessions is now delivering. [HuffPost / Same Levine]
  • If Trump cracks down on leaks, it will be with a playbook from the Obama administration. Federal prosecutors under the Obama administration filed nine cases against leakers under the Espionage Act, three times the number filed by all previous presidents, combined. [Politico / Josh Gerstein]


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