(National Sentinel) Justice: Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who was publicly called out last week by his boss, President Donald J. Trump, for not moving aggressively enough to catch those leaking sensitive information to the press, announced a significant effort Friday to identify and prosecute those responsible.

And what’s more, those in the media who have been gleefully publishing the illegally taken information may also be swept up in the Justice Department’s crackdown.

“I strongly agree with the president and condemn in the strongest terms the staggering number of leaks undermining the ability of our government to protect this country,” Sessions said. “Criminals who would illegally use their access to our most sensitive information to endanger our national security are, in fact, being investigated, and will be prosecuted.”

Sessions added that since January when the Trump administration took over, the Justice Department has tripled the number of active investigations into leaks of classified and sensitive information.

“I have this message for our friends in the intelligence community: The Department of Justice is open for business, and I have this warning for would-be leakers — don’t do it,” he said, adding that the department was currently reviewing policies and statutes regarding “media subpoenas.”

“We respect the important role the press plays, and we’ll give them respect, but it’s not unlimited,” Sessions said. “They cannot place lives at risk with impunity. We must balance the press’ role with protecting our national security and the lives of those who serve in the intelligence community, the Armed Forces, and all law-abiding Americans.”

So the Trump administration has not only put the Deep State on notice, it has also put the press that has been working with the Deep State to depose Trump on notice as well: This White House isn’t going down without a fight, and as it happens has the rule of law on its side.

It’s about time. It should be quite satisfying to those of us who have been watching in horror as this administration has fallen under relentless attack to see a gaggle of oath-violating traitors and their minions in the press meet a fate they so deserve.

“We are taking a stand. This culture of leaking must stop.

“These leaks hurt our country. Every agency — and Congress — must do better,” said Sessions.

He was joined in issuing the warning by Director of National Intelligence Dan Coates.

“If you improperly disclose classified information, we will find you, we will investigate you and we will prosecute you to the fullest extent of the law. You will not be happy with the result,” said Coates.

“Any disclosure outside of authorized channels is a criminal offense and we will simply not tolerate the illegal release of classified information,” he added.

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