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    US Attorney General Jeff Sessions will launch an investigation into unauthorized releases of classified and sensitive information to the media, White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci said in an interview on Wednesday.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — On Wednesday, President Donald Trump said during a press conference that Sessions should get tougher on dealing with ongoing leaks, which seemingly originate in the Justice Department.

    The Washington Post reported on Tuesday, citing unnamed sources, that Sessions intends to launch a probe into leaks of classified information to the press. Fox News ran a similar story on Wednesday morning, also citing unnamed sources.

    "I think he [Sessions] has got a plan that he’s put together and at some point — I don't know if it will be today, tomorrow or next week — he will announce that plan," Scaramucci told Fox News in response to a question about reports that Sessions plans to launch an investigation.

    "Listen, we have to crack down on leaks on a number of different fronts."

    On Tuesday, Scaramucci told reporters outside the White House that in order to stop leaks to the media, he will fire everyone in the press office if such a step is necessary to effect a change.

    "I'm going to fire everybody, that's how I'm going to do it. You're either going to stop leaking, or you're gonna get fired," Scaramucci stated, asserting that if he had to fire everyone but himself and the current Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, he would do precisely that to stop leaks of information to the press from the White House.

    Scaramucci added that President Donald Trump gave him the authority to fire anyone he deems necessary.

    Earlier in July, The Hill newspaper reported citing its sources that over half of the memos, which Comey wrote as "personal recollections" of his conversations with Trump about Russia's alleged meddling into the 2016 US presidential election, had contained classified information. The officials, familiar with the matter, told the media outlet that four of the nine memos, had contained "secret" or "confidential" level of secrecy.

    On June 8, Comey testified in a US Senate Intelligence Committee hearing that he made unauthorized disclosures of privileged conversations with Trump. The ex-FBI chief gave the memorandums documenting his interactions with US president to a friend, asking him to leaked them to the media.


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