Live: Jeff Sessions White House leaks investigation press conference

Last Updated Aug 4, 2017 11:42 AM EDT

Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein are holding a news conference about ongoing leak investigations Friday, a day after the Washington Post first published leaked transcripts of President Trump’s January phone calls with Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto and Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull. ODNI Director Dan Coats and William Evanina, director of the National Counterintelligence and Security Center will also join Sessions and Rosenstein. 

The investigations into various government leaks have “been in the works for some time,” an official familiar with the matter told CBS News’ Paula Reid.

Another leak the Justice Department has been probing involves the Manchester terror attack. In May, after a suicide bomber struck a concert venue, photos of the remnants of the bomb and the trigger device were leaked to the New York Times. The episode angered British authorities, since the photos had been shared by British intelligence with U.S. intelligence. At the time, Prime Minister Theresa May personally told Mr. Trump that “intelligence shared must remain secure.” 

Live updates from the 11 a.m. ET news conference will appear below:


Coats to leakers: “We will find you”

Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats had a clear message for any leakers. Coats even suggested some of the leaks had come from Congress.

“For those out there who may be listening or watching these announcements … if you improperly disclose classified information, we will find you,” Coats said. “We will investigate you. We will prosecute you to the fullest extent of the law, and you will not be happy with the result.”

Sessions wants to step up subpoenas against the media 

Sessions said the Justice Department respects the media, but that respect is not “unlimited.” Sessions said the DOJ will pursue subpoenas for media outlets that publish leaked information. 

“I have listened to career investigators and prosecutors about how to most successfully investigate and prosecute these matters,” Sessions said in his prepared remarks. “At their suggestion, one of the things we are doing is reviewing policies affecting media subpoenas. We respect the important role that the press plays and will give them respect, but it is not unlimited. They cannot place lives at risk with impunity. We must balance their role with protecting our national security…

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