Sessions’ broad attack on leaks aimed at an audience of one: Trump

Dozens of reporters and a horde of photographers turned out for Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ news conference Friday to announce a crackdown on leaks, but the most important target for his message wasn’t in the room: President Donald Trump.

Sessions’ eight-minute broadside against leaks and his stern warning to leakers seemed to be aimed at trying to repair his badly frayed relationship with Trump, who has expressed regret for selecting Sessions and who has specifically complained that he was doing too little to fight the tidal wave of leaks that have swamped the Trump White House.

“First, let me say that I strongly agree with the president and condemn in the strongest terms the staggering number of leaks undermining the ability of our government to protect our country,” Sessions declared. “We are taking a stand. This culture of leaking must stop. … Cases will be made and leakers will be Continue reading “Sessions’ broad attack on leaks aimed at an audience of one: Trump”

Trump joins long history of presidents fuming over leaks

The Trump administration’s campaign to hunt down and prosecute leakers is aimed at sending a chill down the spine of anyone considering handing classified information to the media, but it could also trigger a sense of déjà vu.

Nearly every administration since President Richard Nixon has launched some drive to clamp down on leaks, and most of those efforts found little success.

“We’ve historically had a monotonous routine of these epicycles of handwringing, blame, and then return to normal,” said David Pozen, a Columbia law professor who conducted an in-depth review of the leak phenomenon. “Every time we’ve gotten a new administration they come in and get upset anew about the inability to control every disclosure. Then they learn there’s not much they can do about it at a reasonable cost, and they learn to play the game.”

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Sources: New White House chief of staff Kelly called Sessions to assure him his job was safe

New White House chief of staff John Kelly assured Attorney General Jeff Sessions that his job was safe in a weekend phone call, Trump administration officials said.

The call, which was first reported by the Associated Press, occurred over the weekend. Kelly took the job Friday.

The officials said Kelly told Sessions to keep up his initiatives at the department and that Trump’s disappointment wouldn’t lead to his firing, as Trump has occasionally suggested. The call showed that Kelly sees himself as an empowered chief of staff, but Trump could surely change his mind, associates said.

Trump remains angry at Sessions for recusing himself from the probe involving the president’s campaign and potential Russian collusion.

At times last month, Trump was slamming Sessions daily on Twitter. However, the president has offered no public criticism of the attorney general for about a week.

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Sources: New White House chief of staff Kelly called Sessions to assure him his job was safe

New White House chief of staff John Kelly assured Attorney General Jeff Sessions that his job was safe in a weekend phone call, Trump administration officials said.

The call, which was first reported by the Associated Press, occurred over the weekend. Kelly took the job Friday.

The officials said Kelly told Sessions to keep up his initiatives at the department and that Trump’s disappointment wouldn’t lead to his firing, as Trump has occasionally suggested. The call showed that Kelly sees himself as an empowered chief of staff, but Trump could surely change his mind, associates said.

Trump remains angry at Sessions for recusing himself from the probe involving the president’s campaign and potential Russian collusion.

At times last month, Trump was slamming Sessions daily on Twitter. However, the president has offered no public criticism of the attorney general for about a week.

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Appeals court won’t block Kobach deposition

A federal appeals court has turned down Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach’s emergency request to escape a deposition set for Thursday about voter registration proposals he took into a meeting with President-elect Donald Trump last November.

The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals offered no detailed reason for rejecting Kobach’s plea but simply said his arguments did not meet the court’s standards to act.

"We conclude that Mr. Kobach has not made the necessary showing to obtain a stay pending appeal," the court said in an order Wednesday.

The order was issued by Judge Timothy Tymkovich, an appointee of President George W. Bush, and Judge Robert Bacharach, an appointee of President Barack Obama.

A spokeswoman for Kobach declined to comment.

The Denver-based appeals court acted less than five hours after Kobach filed the emergency motion.

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Appeals court won’t block Kobach deposition

A federal appeals court has turned down Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach’s emergency request to escape a deposition set for Thursday about voter registration proposals he took into a meeting with President-elect Donald Trump last November.

The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals offered no detailed reason for rejecting Kobach’s plea but simply said his arguments did not meet the court’s standards to act.

"We conclude that Mr. Kobach has not made the necessary showing to obtain a stay pending appeal," the court said in an order Wednesday.

The order was issued by Judge Timothy Tymkovich, an appointee of President George W. Bush, and Judge Robert Bacharach, an appointee of President Barack Obama.

A spokeswoman for Kobach declined to comment.

The Denver-based appeals court acted less than five hours after Kobach filed the emergency motion.

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Appeals court won’t block Kobach deposition

A federal appeals court has turned down Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach’s emergency request to escape a deposition set for Thursday about voter registration proposals he took into a meeting with President-elect Donald Trump last November.

The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals offered no detailed reason for rejecting Kobach’s plea but simply said his arguments did not meet the court’s standards to act.

"We conclude that Mr. Kobach has not made the necessary showing to obtain a stay pending appeal," the court said in an order Wednesday.

The order was issued by Judge Timothy Tymkovich, an appointee of President George W. Bush, and Judge Robert Bacharach, an appointee of President Barack Obama.

A spokeswoman for Kobach declined to comment.

The Denver-based appeals court acted less than five hours after Kobach filed the emergency motion.

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