Justice Department not going after journalists … yet

Justice Department not going after journalists … yet

Justice Department not going after journalists … yet

"We don't engage in fishing expeditions", said Rod Rosenstein, the deputy attorney general who appointed Mueller, a former Federal Bureau of Investigation director, to investigate links between US President Donald Trump's campaign and a covert Russian effort to tip the 2016 US elections in his favor.

In a TV interview on Mr. Rosenstein said Mr. Mueller needs to come to him to go "outside" the scope of the probe. "That's not our goal here".

President Trump praised Sessions on Saturday for cracking down on leaks, a shift from Trump's recent criticism of the Justice Department head.

Rosenstein appeared on "Fox News Sunday" with Chris Wallace to discuss the Justice Department's new initiative to combat classified leaks.

"It's an appropriate way to gather documents, sometimes to bring witnesses in, to make sure that you get their full testimony", Rosenstein said.

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein said today in prepared remarks that the effort will resume.

"First, let me say I strongly agree with the President (Donald Trump) and condemn in the strongest terms the staggering number of leaks undermining the ability of our government to protect this country", Sessions said in his statement Friday.

It's a belief that he added was also held by former Attorney General Eric Holder.

"When he says, "here's what prosecutors should be doing, they should be looking at Hillary Clinton, ' do you view that as an order?"

Rosenstein mentioned that those in the media who publish classified information are not necessarily committing a crime, but those people in the government who are leaking the information are. "But there might be a circumstance where they do", Rosenstein said. He said "procedural hurdles" may be delaying leak investigations. I haven't seen any of those to date. "Criminal prosecution isn't the only way to prevent leaks, but it's an important part of the solution".

WASHINGTON, DC - AUGUST 04: U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions (R) speaks as Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats (L) listens during an event at the Justice Department August 4, 2017 in Washington, DC.

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