Krauthammer: DOJ Targeting Press in Leak Crackdown Is a 'Losing Proposition'
Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced Friday that the Justice Department will review its policies on subpoenaing news organizations as part of its crackdown on government leaks.
“We respect the important role that the press plays, and we'll give them respect, but it is not unlimited,” Sessions said. “They cannot place lives at risk with impunity. We must balance the press’ role with protecting our national security and the lives of those who serve in the intelligence community, the armed forces and all law-abiding Americans.”
On "Special Report" tonight, Charles Krauthammer explained why he thinks this is a "losing proposition."
"I thought we adjudicated this in Watergate days," he said. "We have an odd system, but it is a traditional one, where if there's an unauthorized leak of classified information, it's illegal [and] the person who goes to jail is the leaker, not the receiver."
He said that protects the First Amendment by protecting the press, even if some of the leaks appear unwarranted.
"I think this is a losing proposition. I think in the end the Supreme Court will likely rule as it did 30, 40 years ago and uphold the prerogatives of the press," Krauthammer said.
Watch more above.