Deputy AG says re­porters not tar­geted

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - NATIONAL -

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.

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