The former chairman of the House Oversight Committee, retired Republican Rep. Jason Chaffetz of Utah, has asserted that that the Trump administration's Department of Justice should pursue criminal charges against those leaking information from the White House. The political pundit also accused Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein of not being interested in going after leakers in the administration.
On Aug. 8, Chaffetz called on the DOJ to make mass arrests to root out internal White House leaks.
"They need to start putting people in handcuffs," Chaffetz told Fox News.
The former member of Congress accused career government officials of trying to sabotage President Donald Trump's administration.
"The deep state does not like the fact that Donald Trump is trying to change the trajectory of the federal government in a place more compatible with what the American people want," Chaffetz continued.
On Aug. 6, Rosenstein pledged to pursue potential leakers in the administration.
"We're going to devote more resources, reevaluate procedures and make sure we investigate every one of those leaks, you know, in an appropriate way," Rosenstein said.
The deputy attorney general added that the DOJ would pursue criminal charges against leakers in some cases.
"Criminal prosecution isn't the only way to prevent leaks, but it's an important part of the solution," Rosenstein added.
Chaffetz asserted that Rosenstein was not serious about rooting out leakers. The former member of Congress said he didn't trust Rosenstein because he believed the deputy attorney general was not helpful enough in the Oversight Committee's investigation into former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
"[Rod Rosenstein] comes with absolutely zero credibility on this," Chaffetz said.
On June 30, Chaffetz retired from Congress after previously announcing that he would not seek re-election. On July 1, he began working for Fox News as a paid political contributor, according to the Los Angeles Times.
On Aug. 4, Attorney General Jeff Sessions warned that any Trump administration leakers would face criminal charges.
"We are taking a stand," Sessions said during a DOJ briefing, according to CBS News. "This culture of leaking must stop ... We will investigate and seek to bring criminals to justice. We will not allow rogue anonymous sources with security clearances to sell out our country any longer."
During the 2016 presidential race, Trump was more favorable towards leaks when hacktivist website WikiLeaks published stolen emails from the Clinton campaign and Democratic National Committee. In October 2016, Trump touted unflattering leaked information about Clinton during a rally in Pennsylvania, according to The Atlantic.
Trump stated "I love WikiLeaks!"