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Sessions to Tout Battle Against Leaks in Press Briefing This Week

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By    |   Monday, 31 Jul 2017 08:46 AM

In an apparent attempt to curtail the culture of leaks, Attorney General Jeff Sessions plans this week to hold a press conference in which he will release figures showing an increase in the number of such cases pursued so far this year, compared to all of 2016, Axios reported on Monday.

Administration officials have said the reason for the increase in leak cases is due to both more leaking going on, particularly by appointees of former President Barack Obama who remain in government, and because the Justice Department is being increasingly aggressive in going after the violators.

The expected announcement comes following a week in which President Donald Trump harshly criticized Sessions, including that the attorney general should "be much tougher on the leaks from intelligence agencies," CNN reports.

That demand was then amplified by Trump's incoming communications director, Anthony Scaramucci, who said combating leaks was going to be one of his main priorities in his new job.

Sessions vowed to Tucker Carlson of Fox News last week that he is boosting criminal investigations into leaks and insisted that "some people need to go to jail. If we can make cases, they are going to jail."

The attorney general said he has not been happy with previous efforts to prosecute and investigate leaks and that "the president has every right to ask the Department of Justice to be more aggressive in that, and we intend to."

Sessions also stressed that he was on the same page with Trump in his vision for the country and was doing all he could to carry out the president's policies.

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