Sessions vows crackdown on White House leakers; Conway hints at lie detector tests

Leaking information from the White House has become a major problem for the Trump administration and the Justice Department plans on doing something about it.

According to to Attorney General Jeff Sessions, there has been nearly as many illegal leaks since President Trump assumed the Oval Office as in the last three years of the Obama White House.

The Washington Post most recently published conversations between Trump and leaders of both Mexico and Australia. While it is not known where the leaks are coming from, advisers and counselors to the president are confident that they will be able to find the source soon.

“No one is entitled to surreptitiously fight to advance battles in the media by revealing sensitive government information,” Sessions said on Friday. “This culture of leaking must stop.”

Despite the intention to end a seemingly endless flow of information, it may prove difficult as prosecuting reporters for publishing leaked information is often impossible. However, Sessions has said the administration will be reviewing policies regarding forcing journalists to reveal their sources.

However, the Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein assured the public on Sunday DOJ does not intend to punish journalists, as the department is instead focused on finding the source of the leaks.

Trump counselor Kellyanne Conway has hinted at the idea that lie detector tests may be used on West Wing staff to try to find where the leaks are originating. There are a small number of staff members who have access to the information and White House officials are confident they will be able to stop the leaks.

President Trump has portrayed his outrage over the leaks recently in regards to national security. Mark Warner, a Democratic senator from Virginia, has expressed his agreement with Trump that presidents need to be able to converse with other heads of state in private.

The Trump administration is taking the confidentiality and security of the White House very seriously after the recent leaks. President Trump has expressed his feelings regarding the leaks as a national security threat.

 

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