Published: Вс, Августа 06, 2017
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Deputy AG Says DOJ Crackdown Is Targeting Leakers, Not Journalists

Deputy AG Says DOJ Crackdown Is Targeting Leakers, Not Journalists

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and N.J. Gov. Chris Christie on Sunday tempered news reports about special counsel Robert Mueller impaneling another grand jury in his Russian Federation meddling-collusion case, suggesting the move doesn't mean the investigation is expanding or perhaps an indictment is now imminent.

On Friday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions said the department was "reviewing policies affecting media subpoenas", a move that free speech and press freedom groups said would compel reporters to break agreements to hide a source's identity or face legal consequences.

"It's just a tool that we use like any other tool in the course of our investigations", he said on "Fox News Sunday".

His comments come after a report last week that special counsel Robert Mueller impaneled a grand jury in Washington as part of the ongoing investigation into Russia's election meddling and contact between Trump campaign members and Moscow officials.

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"We are after the leakers, not the journalists".

"You fire Bob Mueller, who's one of the most admired people that I know, you fire him, you'll create a firestorm in here, " said Carper. "We're after the leakers, not the journalists".

"The special counsel is subject to the rules and regulations of the Department of Justice, and we don't engage in fishing expeditions", said Rosenstein, who has more than 25 years of experience working in the Justice Department through Republican and Democratic administrations. "But there might be a circumstance where they do". He said the number of investigations into press leaks had already tripled since the end of former President Barack Obama's administration. "I haven't seen any of those to date, but I wouldn't rule it out in the event that there were a case where a reporter was purposely violating the law".

Rosenstein said the goal of the moves Sessions announced on Friday was to fight leaks, not to interfere with the work of the news media.

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