Sen. Charles SchumerCharles SchumerWeek ahead: Trump's health pick takes the hot seat HHS nominee's stock buys raise ethical questions: report Schumer puts GOP on notice over ObamaCare repeal MORE (D-N.Y.) on Sunday proposed a new bipartisan “Gang of Eight” to draft a bill to create guidelines for future investigations of media leaks by the government.
“I proposed along with [Sen.] Lindsey GrahamLindsey Graham9 GOP senators Trump must watch out for UN leader willing to meet lawmakers amid push to cut funding GOP lawmaker: Calling Putin a war criminal could lead to conflict with Russia MORE [R-S.C.], we’ll be announcing that we have four Democrats, four Republicans, another Gang of Eight,” said Schumer on CBS’s Face the Nation. “I love these gangs of eight I guess.”
The announcement comes as the Department of Justice (DOJ) has been under fire for searching a Fox News reporter’s phone calls and private emails to trace the source of a leak in the State Department. In a separate leak probe, the DOJ secretly seized months of phone records from Associated Press employees.
Schumer said the recent DOJ controversies highlighted the need to have rules in place for future leak investigations.
“If we can set up these rules, I think we’ll avoid the morass,” he said. “You always need set rules and an independent arbiter. You have neither now.”
Schumer said Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry ReidRyan says Trump, GOP 'in complete sync' on ObamaCare Congress has a mandate to repeal ObamaCare Keith Ellison picks ex-DNC Latino as press secretary MORE (D-Nev.) assured him that the bill would be brought to the floor of the upper chamber quickly for a vote.
Earlier this month, in response to criticism over the DOJ, the White House asked Schumer to reintroduce a media shield law.
That bill would allow media groups to challenge subpoenas of phone records and offer additional protections for confidential sources.