Why Leak Investigations Keep Getting Launched

Then-president Donald Trump points at a reporter during the daily coronavirus task force briefing at the White House, April 23, 2020. (Jonathan Ernst/Reuters)
Leakers keep leaking, and presidents keep trying to stop them.

This is the first in a series of five columns on the recent revelations that the Justice Department, beginning in the Trump administration and continuing into the Biden administration, conducted investigations of leaks of sensitive information by government officials to members of the media. Those investigations reportedly involve subpoenas for communications records of several journalists, as well as other controversial information demands by investigators.


said I was eager to find leakers and would like to nail one to the door as a message.” That, according to his memo-to-self, is what Jim Comey, then the FBI director, pronounced in the …

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