Attorney General Jeff Sessions has reportedly embarked on a mission to eradicate any and all criminal leakers from the Trump administration by launching multiple investigations targeting the inner workings of the federal government, the Washington Post reported Tuesday.
Citing anonymous sources, the Post claimed that Sessions would announce in the coming days a slew of investigations that will attempt to determine how the mainstream media was able to report on sensitive intelligence information without the White House announcing any of it.
Sessions has found himself at odds with President Donald Trump over the past week, with the president criticizing Sessions for recusing himself from the Hillary Clinton email investigation and for allegedly going too soft on leakers.
“I want the Attorney General to be much tougher on the leaks from intelligence agencies, which are leaking like rarely have they ever leaked before at a very important level,” Trump said during a Rose Garden press conference on Tuesday.
The current situation mirrors Sessions’ announcement earlier this week that he would crackdown on so-called sanctuary cities, a topic over which Trump had repeatedly hammered Sessions for allegedly not taking enough action.
It is not yet clear what form the new investigations would take, assuming the Post’s report is accurate. Such as in the case of the sanctuary cities initiative, the investigations could already be underway.
Newly-minted White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci has rapidly embodied Trump’s stance on getting rid of leakers once and for all, vowing that he would “fire everybody” in the communications department besides himself and White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders if that is what it takes to solve the problem.
In June, a 25-year-old intelligence contractor and Air Force veteran named Reality Winner was jailed for transmitting classified information about the president from a Georgia facility to The Intercept website, outing her as a leaker and exposing one of the ways in which government officials funnel sensitive data to outside entities.