Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Trump Reportedly Asked FBI Director Comey To Imprison Members Of The Press For Him

On Tuesday night The New York Times dropped a bombshell report that revealed former FBI director James Comey had kept memos of his and Donald Trump's conversation in which Trump asked him to drop the bureau's investigation into former national security advisor Michael Flynn.

Contained within that Times' report there was also another equally disturbing section of Comey's memo where Trump asked the FBI director to consider imprisoning reporters for publishing leaked classified information given to them by whistleblowers.

The Times said...

"Alone in the Oval Office, Mr. Trump began the discussion by condemning leaks to the news media, saying that Mr. Comey should consider putting reporters in prison for publishing classified information,"

The president’s request to imprison journalists has understandably elevated the fear that his administration may break with tradition and prosecute reporters for publishing classified information ― as opposed to only those who leak it.

Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press respond to the news with this statement...

"The comments attributed to President Trump cross a dangerous line. But no president gets to jail journalists. Reporters are protected by judges and juries, by a congress that relies on them to stay informed, and by a Justice Department that for decades has honored the role of a free press by spurning prosecutions of journalists for publishing leaks of classified information,"

Trump's request of Comey came after his Attorney General Jeff Sessions refused to publicly commit to not prosecuting reporters.

I wonder if Trump will be looking into jailing people who leak top secret classified information to foreign adversaries like... Oh I don't know... Russia?

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