After being hammered by President Trump for being “VERY weak” on intelligence leakers, Attorney General Jeff Sessions will soon announce several criminal leak investigations, according to Fox News.
A U.S. official familiar with the discussions said Tuesday that the planned announcement surrounding stepped-up efforts on leak investigations has “been in the works for some time and will most likely happen sometime in the next week.”
The news comes in the wake of days of intense pressure on Sessions, with President Trump lashing out and expressing his “disappointment” with the attorney general, through tweets, interviews and news conferences.
The investigations will look at news reports that publicized sensitive intelligence material, according to officials who have been briefed on the matter.
Meanwhile, it appears that Sessions has no plans to step down at this point.
A source familiar with the conversation tells Fox News that Sessions’ chief of staff, Jody Hunt, recently told White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus that the attorney general had no intention of resigning. (Fox News)
Trump accused Sessions this week of having taken “a VERY weak position on Hillary Clinton crimes (where are E-mails & DNC server) & Intel leakers!”
He also said during a news conference that he wants the attorney general “to be much tougher."
"I want the leaks from intelligence agencies, which are leaking like rarely have they ever leaked before, at a very important level. These are intelligence agencies we cannot have that happen."
Newly minted communications director Anthony Scaramucci also told reporters he was “going to get the leaking to stop.”
"You're either going to stop leaking or you're going to get fired," Scaramucci said, adding he has “the authority from the president to do that.”