Sessions Says in Senate Committee Testimony He Would Jail Journalists “If We Have To”

HeadlineOct 19, 2017
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Attorney General Jeff Sessions testified to the Senate Judiciary Committee Wednesday as part of the ongoing investigation into whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russia to sway the 2016 presidential election. During his testimony, Sessions insisted that he has the right to jail journalists. This is Sessions being questioned by Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar.

Sen. Amy Klobuchar: “Will you commit to not putting reporters in jail for doing their jobs?”

Attorney General Jeff Sessions: “Well, I don’t know that I can make a blanket commitment to that effect. But I would say this: We have not taken any aggressive action against the media at this point. But we have matters that involve the most serious national security issues, that put our country at risk, and we will utilize the authorities that we have, legally and constitutionally, if we have to.”

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