On Tuesday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions testified before the House Judiciary Committee, where he stated that the Justice Department was already looking into more than two dozen leaks of classified information under the Trump administration. “We intend to get to the bottom of these leaks,” Sessions explained, calling the barrage of leaks a problem of “epidemic proportions.” According to Sessions, fully 27 leaks are under investigation, while the Obama administration was only forced to investigate nine investigations over the prior three years — an increase of 900%.
The Trump administration has been plagued by leaks, and many on the Right suspect that those leaks are coming largely from Obama holdovers who have not been replaced and who are interested in undermining the credibility of the administration.
While Sessions seems to be following President Trump’s lead in investigating such leaks, however, Sessions refused to say that he would appoint a special counsel to look into Hillary Clinton’s activities with regard to Fusion GPS and Russia, as well as a Uranium One deal that proceeded with the Russian atomic energy agency under the Obama administration and Clinton State Department. Sessions explained to Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH), an advocate of a special counsel, “We will use the proper standards and that’s the only thing I can tell you, Mr. Jordan. You can have your idea but sometimes we have to study what the facts are and to evaluate whether it meets the standards it requires.” Sessions chided Jordan that the facts may not be there for an investigation: “I would say ‘looks like’ is not enough basis to appoint a special counsel.”