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Rep. Trey Gowdy makes the case for prosecuting reporters who publish leaks

  • On Monday Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) grilled FBI Director James Comey about the investigation into the Trump campaign’s ties to Russia.
  • But Gowdy was less concerned with whether or not President Donald Trump was compromised by a foreign power and more concerned with whether or not the government can jail journalists for reporting on it.
  • “Is there an exception in the law for reporters who want to break a story?” Gowdy asked Comey, referring to United States law that prohibits leaking classified information. 
  • There is, in fact, an exception in the law for journalists who publish classified information, found in the First Amendment, which expressly prohibits any action abridging freedom of the press.
  • Comey declined to answer Gowdy’s loaded question. Read more (3/20/17 12:17 PM)
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