Chuck Todd: 'I look forward to ignoring' DOJ subpoena

NBC’s “Meet the Press” moderator Chuck Todd said on Friday that he would ignore any subpoena the Department of Justice issues him if the agency pursues media outlets in its investigation of leaks.

“If DoJ media source threat is real (I assume it’s not; just a show presser to please WH) then I look forward to ignoring that subpoena,” Todd wrote to his 1.79 million followers.

Todd’s declaration comes after Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) SessionsKelly called Sessions to assure him job is safe: report Overnight Regulation: Senate confirms Trump pick to labor board | Court lets states defend ozone rule | Regulator seeks input on changing ‘Volcker Rule’ US attorney fired by Trump sends well-wishes to new FBI director MORE announced on Friday a government-wide crackdown on leakers. Sessions warned might target the media and ask for sources to be revealed. The investigation will include a review of the Justice Department’s policies on subpoenas for media outlets that publish sensitive information.

“We respect the important role that the press plays and will give them respect, but it is not unlimited. They cannot place lives at risk with impunity,” Sessions said. “We must balance their role with protecting our national security and the lives of those who serve in our intelligence community, the armed forces, and all law abiding Americans.”

“I have this message for the intelligence community: the Department of Justice is open for business,” he added. “And I have this warning for would-be leakers: don’t do it.”

“The worst way to stop leaks: threats,” Todd tweeted, apparently responding to Sessions.

The top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, Mark WarnerMark Warner33 states accepted DHS aid to secure elections Overnight Tech: Senate bill aims to boost rural broadband | Tech pushes back against online sex trafficking bill | Lawmakers tackle internet device security Overnight Cybersecurity: Senate confirms Trump’s FBI pick | Lawmakers move to boost ‘internet of things’ security | Senators unveil overseas data privacy bill MORE (D-Va.), said on Thursday that Congress should probe the leak of transcripts of President Trump’s phone calls with the leaders of Mexico and Australia, a leak both parties have condemned.

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