Just hours after Attorney General Jeff Sessions threatened to subpoena members of the media that publish leaked information, Speaker Paul Ryan pushed back, saying White House leaks are “the problem of the leaker, not the journalist.”
“Leaks are concerning because leaks can often compromise national security, but that’s the problem of the leaker not the journalist,” Ryan said at a Friday event in Muskego, Wis.
The Hill notes: “Sessions warned that the media could be a part of that crackdown, and the Justice Department could ask for sources behind leaks. The investigation will include a review of the Justice Department’s policies on subpoenas for media outlets that publish sensitive information.”
“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,” Sessions said. “We must balance their role with protecting our national security and the lives of those who serve in our intelligence community, the armed forces and all law abiding Americans.”
“I have this message for the intelligence community: The Department of Justice is open for business,” he added. “And I have this warning for would-be leakers: Don’t do it.”