Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Director of National Intelligence Dan Coates held a press conference Friday morning during which he announced new procedures to crack down on the outpouring of recent leaks coming from the White House.
Sessions said, “Today, I have this message for our friends and intelligence community. The Department of Justice is open for business and I have this morning for it would be leakers, don't do it.”
Sessions then detailed the steps he took to crack down on the leaking.
First, he pointed to his deputy, Rod Rosenstein, and FBI Director to “monitor the progress of each leak.”
He also “appointed our U.S. Attorneys to prioritize cases involving unauthorized disclosures.”
From there, the attorney general claimed that he has “tripled the number of active leak investigations.”
He continued, “In response, the FBI has increased sources to leak cases and has created a new counterintelligence unit to manage these cases appeared simultaneously, this department is reviewing policies that impact leak investigations.”
Before handing over the podium to Director Coates, Sessions had a message for the press.
Sessions also said that the Justice Department would be reviewing its policies regarding the subpoenaing of media.
“We respect the important role of the press plays, and will give them respect,” Sessions said. “They cannot place lives at risk. We must balance the press's role with protecting our national security with the lives of those who serve in the intelligence community, the armed forces, and all law-abiding Americans.”
Sessions ended by doubling down on the promise that the leaking will end.
“We will not allow anonymous sources with security clearances to sell out our country,” he said.
“All of us in government and in every agency in Congress, and Congress must do better,” AG Sessions said, finishing his speech. “Their first requirement is personal discipline, education, and repetition within our departments and agencies will make a difference. Prevention is what is required, and investigation of a leak is too late, really. The damage is done.”