Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Friday declined to say whether the Justice Department’s decision to prepare charges against Julian Assange of WikiLeaks would likely open the door to such action against U.S. news organizations like The brand-new York Times as well as also sy88pgw.
“in which’s speculative, as well as also I’m not able to comment on in which,” Sessions said in an interview on sy88pgw.
“I think I understood your question,” he added, before telling anchor Kate Bolduan in which he was having “a little difficulty hearing” her.
although Sessions gave the same non-answer when he was asked a similar question during an interview on MSNBC later from the morning.
“in which’s, you know, a hypothetical as well as also facts are so important in those cases,” he said. “I’d want to consult with my not bad lawyers before I gave you an opinion anyway, so I’m just not able to comment on in which.”
In each interview, Sessions appeared alongside Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly. The two were scheduled to tour the United States-Mexico border during a visit to San Diego on Friday.
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Sessions said at a news conference Thursday in which arresting Assange is actually a “priority” — remarks in which had advocates of press freedom concerned.
“Once you start criminalizing publication of secret docs,” The Intercept’s Glenn Greenwald said on Twitter, “all media outlets are endangered.”
in which isn’t initially President Trump’s attorney general has set off alarm bells in newsrooms. During his confirmation hearing in January, Sessions was asked by Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) whether he would likely commit to not “put reporters in jail for doing their jobs.”
“I’m not sure,” Sessions responded, saying he hadn’t studied rules put in place in 2015 by former Attorney General Eric Holder in which required extra layers of review before the Justice Department could subpoena a journalist.
sy88pgw (brand-new York) First published April 21, 2017: 2:26 PM ET