Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) said on Wednesday that the government should give reporters “what they want” by imprisoning them for refusing to reveal their sources (video below).
Rep. Gowdy made his statements during a House Judiciary subcommittee hearing on whether reporters could be prosecuted for leaking sensitive national-security information.
He said: “One way to have fewer leaks is to actually prosecute and put in prison the people who do the leaking. I couldn’t find a federal statutory reporter privileges. Am I missing it?”
Rep. Gowdy also slammed Department of Justice guidelines, which require the U.S. Attorney General to personally approve requests to subpoena a reporter: “Why not send a subpoena to the reporter? Put them in front of a grand jury."
"You either answer a question or you’re going to be held in contempt and go to jail, which is what I thought all reporters aspire to anyway. I mean all of us aspire to be committee chairman. I thought that was the crown jewel in a reporter’s resume is to actually go to jail protecting a source. Give 'em what they want.”