Deputy AG says reporters not targeted
WASHINGTON — Prosecutors don’t intend to go after reporters for doing their jobs, a Justice Department official said Sunday.
“We’re after the leaker, not the journalist. We’re after people who are committing crimes,” Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein told Fox News Sunday. His comments come two days after officials pledged to clamp down on government leaks they believe undermine American security.
Still, Rosenstein left open the possibility that prosecutors could more forcefully try to get reporters to reveal their sources and that reporters could be investigated for breaking other, unspecified laws.
He declined to comment Friday when asked whether prosecutors would seek to jail journalists.
Officials are reviewing guidelines that make it difficult for prosecutors to subpoena journalists about their sources, Rosenstein reiterated Sunday. He said some of the “procedural hurdles” may be delaying leak investigations.