Rosenstein: DOJ Is 'After the Leakers, Not the Journalists'

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.   Fox News

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. Fox News

The ongoing probe of Russian interference in the USA election and possible collusion by associates of President Donald Trump is not a "fishing expedition", the Justice Department official who launched it said Sunday.

Prosecutors don't intend to go after reporters for doing their jobs but could more forcefully try to get them to reveal their sources, a Justice Department official said Sunday.

"I think that's an overreaction, Chris", Rosenstein said.

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein said Sunday that the Department of Justice and the Trump administration was not trying to prosecute journalists, but those who are leaking information from the government.

"We are after the leakers, not the journalists".

"Generally speaking, reporters who publish information are not committing a crime", he said. But there might be a circumstance that they do. "Our goal is to prevent the leaks".

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Wafula Chebukati , the electoral commission chairman, said he was crucial to the running of the vote scheduled for 8 August. Msando was tasked with overseeing the commission's electronic voting system, which is supposed to eliminate voter fraud.

Sessions announced in a Friday press conference that he had the Justice Department reviewing its rules for subpoenaing reporters over leaked information.

CNN reported in April that the Justice Department was preparing to seek the arrest of Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks, which has published extensive volumes of classified information for years.

He also confirmed Sessions' assessment Friday that the department is pursuing roughly three times as many leaks investigations, or referrals, compared to the previous Obama administration, though he repeatedly declined to give specific numbers.

The mandate's scope is similar to that given by then-Acting Attorney General James Comeyto special counsel Patrick Fitzgeraldin 2003 to investigate who leaked the identity of former Central Intelligence Agency operative Valerie Plame.

Still, Rosenstein left open the possibility that reporters could be investigated for breaking other, unspecified laws. I've never seen it this bad, " former Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said on CBS' "Face the Nation".