A day after sensitive information was leaked to The Washington Post concerning words shared between President Trump and Enrique Pena—president of Mexico—and then Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, Attorney General Jeff Sessions said in a statement that those sensitive leaks will stop, or those responsible will face criminal prosecution, according to Fox News.
Sessions condemned the leaks in the strongest possible terms, declaring that offenders will be “held accountable” while announcing new efforts to hunt them down.
“No government can be effective when its members cannot speak in confidence,” said Sessions, alluding to conversations President Trump has had with government leaders, specifically to the incidents that occurred Thursday between Trump and the two foreign leaders.
Speaking broadly on the issue, Sessions described that referrals of classified leaks from U.S. intelligence agencies have “exploded” in 2017.
“We are taking a stand,” he said. “This culture of leaks most stop.”
Four persons have already been charged. More are being investigated. Sessions said that investigations have tripled.
The attorney general has authorized Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and new FBI Director Christopher Wray to oversee the investigations, and has directed them to monitor their progress as they unfold.
“The department will not hesitate to bring lawful and appropriate criminal charges against those who abuse the nation’s trust,” he said.
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