One of the most significant problems the United States is facing is leakers revealing sensitive information. It doesn’t matter whether this information is exposed to the media, or directly to the public.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions has had enough. According to Fox News, Mr. Sessions said: “Leaks have reached epidemic proportions.” He continued, “We have 27 ongoing investigations, some of those involve leaks before President Trump took office, and some after.” This is a huge deal for national security, and for people who have fallen victim to leaks.
The Attorney General revealed this information Tuesday. The 27 investigations mentioned is three times more than the agency had in the three years before the leaks picked up momentum.
Mr. Sessions pointed out the sharp increase of leaks over the past couple of years. “But before that, it was only three per year — there were nine.”
A question arose from Rep. Ron DeSantis (R-FL) on whether or not there had been anyone responsible “criminally or administratively” for putting information out against the Trump administration on political grounds.
There was “the individual in Georgia,” according to Mr. Sessions. His comment was in reference to National Security Agency contractor, Reality Winner. She leaked “Top Secret Level” information from a classified report.
“It cannot be allowed to continue, and we will do our best effort to ensure it does not continue,” Mr. Sessions continued. The concern is that further Top Secret information within the US government could fall into the wrong hands. If an enemy were to find this information, devastation would follow.
The investigations were prioritized after President Trump called out Attorney General Sessions over the summer for being “weak” on leakers. “Attorney General Jeff Sessions has taken a VERY weak position on Hillary Clinton crimes (where are E-mails & DNC server) & Intel leakers!” President Trump’s tweet from July reads.
Mr. Sessions decided to hold a joint conference with the Director of the National Intelligence, Dan Coats. They announced that they would utilize all available resources and do everything in their power to end leaks.
“For those out there who may be listening or watching these announcements, understand this: if you improperly disclose classified information, we will find you,” Coats said following the meeting with Mr. Sessions. A report in July initially brought this to the attention of President Trump and White House officials.
The DOJ has 27 open investigations into leaks within the White House. Are people trying to get Trump out of office?
The report from the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee states that the Trump White House is facing an “alarming” number of leaks going to the mainstream media. This issue immediately put the White House on alert and actively seeking a solution for the problem.
The bottom line is that Mr. Sessions is coming around to one of the core concerns of the White House since July. The leaks, up until this point, have been mild. At any moment, sensitive information could be leaked and compromise national security. The American people demanded a safer country, and addressing leaks is one way to do so.