(National Sentinel) Political conspiracy: The No. 2 official at the Justice Department said Sunday that White House officials and lawmaker could be prosecuted under the law if they were found guilty of leaking classified information.
Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, the man responsible for appointing special counsel Robert Mueller, appeared on “Fox News Sunday” with Chris Wallace to discuss the Justice Department’s newly launched effort to crack down on leaks that have plagued the Trump administration. Rosenstein will lead the task force, which was announced by Attorney General Jeff Sessions last week, The Daily Caller reported.
“If you find any [White House officials and members of Congress], have committed these leaks, have disclosed classified information, will you prosecute?” Wallace asked Rosenstein.
“Including White House officials and members of Congress?” Wallace asked.
“Including anybody who breaks the law,” said Rosenstein.
Wallace then pressed Rosenstein on Sessions’ comments about looking into policies regarding subpoenas for reporters who have been receiving and then publishing classified information.
“We are after the leakers, not the journalists,” Rosenstein said, noting that reporters will not be prosecuted merely for publishing classified information, which is currently protected by the First Amendment.
“I strongly agree with the president and condemn in the strongest terms the staggering number of leaks undermining the ability of our government to protect this country,” Sessions said in announcing the initiative last week. “Criminals who would illegally use their access to our most sensitive information to endanger our national security are, in fact, being investigated, and will be prosecuted.”
That’s fine for issues which are politically inconvenient for the administration or otherwise involve illegal or unconstitutional behavior. But frankly, those who publish information damaging to U.S. national security should be held accountable. Imagine, if you can, The New York Times or the Washington Post publishing details of the D-Day invasion prior to its launch in 1944, under the guise of Americans’ “right to know” (since tax dollars were used to purchase the planes, ships, tanks and pay the invading personnel, etc.). The reality is, if that had happened some reporters and editors would have gone to jail for a long, long time.
Holding lawmakers and White House officials accountable for leaking classified information — but not the outlets publishing it — is ludicrous.