According to Attorney General Jeff Session, the Justice Department (DOJ) has 27 open investigations into leaks of classified information with a “political motive.” Revealed in testimony before the House Judiciary Committee Tuesday, Sessions gave new details about the active probes.
“Leaks have reached epidemic proportions,” Sessions said. “We have 27 ongoing investigations, some of those involve leaks before President Trump took office, and some after.”
Sessions revealed a bombshell statistic, saying there have been three times as many leaks to investigate in the Trump administration that in years prior.
“Before [the Trump administration], it was only three per year — there were nine. There are three times as many this year as in the entire three years before being investigated.”
Representative Ron DeSantis (R-Fla.) wanted to know if anyone had been held accountable, either “criminally or administratively,” for the leaks with a “political motive” attached.
After a slight pause, Sessions said, “I think the individual in Georgia had a motive, [and has been] charged.”
The reference was to former National Security Agency contractor Reality Leigh Winner, the 25-year-old alleged NSA leaker who was arrested in June in Augusta, Georgia. She’s charged with leaking classified documents to media outlet The Intercept while working as a contractor at a government facility in Georgia. Winner had been given top secret security clearance in her position and was reportedly only one of six people who had access to the document she leaked.
It was reported she planned to get out of her predicament by playing up to the judge, saying, “I’m pretty, white and cute.”
Winner was a supporter of Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), who made an unsuccessful bid for the White House in 2016.
Speaking of the leaks at the hearing, Sessions vowed, “It cannot be allowed to continue and we will do our best effort to ensure that it does not continue.”
The DOJ is under pressure to investigate the leaks, considering President Donald J. Trump accused Sessions of being “very weak” on “intel leakers” in a summer tweet.
Following the president’s comments, Sessions held a press conference with Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats, calling for an end to the leaks.
In July, the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee released a report that found that leaks flowed about “seven times faster” under the Trump administration than during both former Presidents Obama and George W. Bush.
Just when we thought AG Sessions was quiet, it’s obvious from the 27 LEAK investigations that are currently pending…….
……..He was busy #PluggingLeaks
President Trump must be proud of AG Sessions resolve in MAGA🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸 pic.twitter.com/j7rT0UMQWg
— V-zo (@nzo11) November 14, 2017
Sessions said. “We have 27 investigations open today. We intend to get to the bottom of these leaks. Leak investigations could result in criminal prosecutions and/or other punitive actions. Didn’t @Comey admit to making leaks? Hmmm pic.twitter.com/nrVcWx2lWo
— 🇺🇸Tracy🇺🇸 (@bibeydoll11) November 15, 2017
See another clip from the Sessions hearing regarding the leaks at Fox News.
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