Attorney General Jeff Sessions will announce a Department of Justice campaign to root out and punish leakers of sensitive government information on Friday.
The president has been pushing Sessions to plug the leaks for months.
Republican senators on the Homeland Security committee said in a June report that the rate of information flowing to the press was 'alarming.' They urged DOJ to launch an investigation.
Fox News is reporting that Sessions will address the leaks at a news conference on Friday.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions will announce a Department of Justice campaign to root out and punish leakers of sensitive government information on Friday
Anthony Scaramucci, the ousted Trump aide who made profane comments about his colleagues to the New Yorker, told CNN last week that he was working with Sessions to craft an inter-agency plan to 'uproot some of these leakers.'
That was after a Washington Post report said Justice was launching an investigation into the leaking of intelligence to the press.
Trump has berated Sessions in recent days for his handling of criminal leaks, among other things.
'I want the attorney general to be much tougher,' Trump said in an interview. 'I want the leaks from intelligence agencies, which are leaking like rarely have they ever leaked before, at a very important level. These are intelligence agencies we cannot have that happen.'
Scaramucci had vowed to clamp down on leaks coming from within the West Wing before he was fired yesterday.
He said last week, on Wednesday, that he convened a group of 40 people at the White House and told them to cut it out.
'I’m not naïve. I know that we're never going to end all the leaking. I didn't suggest that but I want to put a culture in place where people trust each other,' Scaramucci said on CNN's New Day program.
Anyone who can't get with the program will be dismissed, Scaramucci said.
'We serve one person and his agenda, and that's the President of the United States. You are not serving the president's agenda if you're nefariously leaking on people. You’re not being loyal to him,' Scaramucci says he told White House communications staff.
'Nefarious leaking is disloyal to the president, is disloyal to the institution of presidency and it’s bad for America,' he added.
Scaramucci acknowledged that the leaks are coming from other areas of the White House that are beyond his reach, and he delivered the same message to his colleagues in senior positions serving the president on air that he gave to his soon-to-be-staff in their closed-door meeting.
'I would tell my colleagues to stop doing that. It doesn’t help the president. It's embarrassing to the institution of the presidency and it makes you look very small when you're leaking on your colleagues. That's not good team sports,' he said on CNN.
It was hardly a new theme; Trump said in a February press conference that he'd talked to the Department of Justice about 'criminal' leaking and said administration will be 'looking into that very seriously.'
The president vowed then that trouble-makers won't get away with the misdeeds.
'The spotlight has finally been put on the low-life leakers! They will be caught!' he said in a tweet.
The president suggested from the White House's East Room that internal investigations were underway to ferret out the people who are passing out damaging information to the press, although nothing has officially come of the threat.
Getting what he wanted: Trump had demanded a crackdown on leakers and has hammered away at the theme
Sessions will announce Friday that probes are beginning, Fox News said.
The campaign comes on the heels of the White House's announcement that he's not being replaced as attorney general - or being moved to the Department of Homeland Security.
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