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Monday, March 20, 2017

Rep. Trey Gowdy -- a favorite of Tea Party activists and Fox News -- hinted strongly that reporters should face federal prosecution if they publish classified information.

This came during an exchange with FBI Director James Comey at the House Intelligence Committee hearing on Russian efforts to influence the 2016 election. Gowdy, who chaired the House investigation into Benghazi, asked Comey if there was any law protecting reporters "who want to break a story" from publishing classified information.

"That's a harder question, as to whether a reporter incurs criminal liability by disclosing classified information," Comey replied.

The statute does use the word ‘published,' doesn't it?" Gowdy replied.

"It does," Comey said. "That's a question I know the Department of Justice has struggled with through administration through administration."

Gowdy didn't sound particularly sympathetic with that struggle.

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"Lots of people have struggled with it, but you're not aware of an exception in the current dissemination of classified exception for reporters?" he asked.

"No, I'm not aware of anything carved out in the statute," Comey said. "I don't think a reporter has been prosecuted, certainly in my lifetime."

In recent history, the U.S. government hasn't prosecuted journalists who publish classified information. Gowdy's comments indicate there may be an appetite on Capitol Hill for that to change. The South Carolina Republican is on the House Judiciary Committee, which oversees the Justice Department.

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#1 | Posted by Corky at 2017-03-20 06:48 PM | Reply

I expect journalists will make use of wikileak sites in future.

#2 | Posted by bored at 2017-03-20 06:58 PM | Reply

This was Howdy Gowdy threatening journalists to stop publishing leaks, especially from Trump's own team.

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#9 | Posted by REDIAL at 2017-03-20 07:45 PM | Reply

Maggie Haberman‏
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The Casablanca-style outrage at leaks during this committee is amazing, given the last two years and the Clinton probe.

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#10 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2017-03-20 08:12 PM | Reply

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Trey Gowdy, who spent 15 months leaking information to the press from the #BenghaziCommittee, is now horrified by leaks.

#11 | Posted by 726 at 2017-03-21 07:42 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

The problem with prosecuting journalists for publishing classified information is that you would have to confirm it is classified information. By the time you are able to do that we will be involved impeaching Donald Trump and we will all be very distracted. And prosecuting journalists for saving America won't look good or sell airtime.

#12 | Posted by donnerboy at 2017-03-21 01:45 PM | Reply

I watched his first 2 rounds of questions for Comey.

He was rather impressive, to be honest. I thought Comey handled himself quite well also.

#13 | Posted by JeffJ at 2017-03-22 12:34 PM | Reply

I am always amazed at the close resemblance between Trey Gowdy and Zippy the Pinhead.

#14 | Posted by Hans at 2017-03-22 12:39 PM | Reply

Draco Malfoy.

#15 | Posted by MrSilenceDogood at 2017-03-22 01:24 PM | Reply

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