[Ed. – One of those situations in which the justification is that the Constitution is not a suicide pact. That said, an alternative that might be more effective, and pose fewer long-term dangers for civil liberties, is surveillance of federal workers who have the access to have been the source(s) of the leaks. Damn straight they should be under surveillance. The military has to pee in a cup on order, for crying out loud, and schools across America are monitoring and policing students on social media for political attitudes — e.g., about “LGBT” and “Muslim” issues — under the guise of combating bullying. Yet federal workers sworn to protect national secrets should be immune from FBI surveillance, when there’s an epidemic of national security leaks?]
Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced Friday that the Department of Justice is considering subpoenaing journalists in order to determine who in the Trump administration is leaking classified information.
The attorney general made the announcement alongside Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats, as leaks continue to pile up under the Trump administration, and the president continues to be publicly irritated with them.
“In the first six months of this administration, DOJ has already received nearly as many criminal referrals involving unauthorized disclosures of classified information as we received in the last three years combined,” Sessions said.
The attorney general said that the DOJ has tripled investigations into these leaks, adding he has “listened to career investigators and prosecutors about how to most successfully investigate and prosecute these matters.”