Trump quipped about ‘putting reporters in jail’ in conversation with Comey
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President TrumpDonald TrumpBiden to move ahead with billion UAE weapons sale approved by Trump Fox News hires high-profile defense team in Dominion defamation lawsuit Associate indicted in Gaetz scandal cooperating with DOJ: report MORE and former FBI Director James ComeyJames Brien ComeyShowtime developing limited series about Jan. 6 Capitol riot Wray says FBI not systemically racist John Durham's endgame: Don't expect criminal charges MORE discussed during a meeting last year whether jailing reporters would be an effective way to stop staffers from leaking information, Comey wrote in a memo released Thursday. 

In a memo dated Feb. 19, 2017, Comey recounted that Trump shared concerns about leaks from within his administration. The president suggested jailing reporters "to find out what they know."

Comey said he agreed that leaks, particularly from within the FBI, were harmful to the bureau's mission.


He told Trump he was “eager to find leakers and would like to nail one to the door as a message," but explained that prosecuting reporters was "tricky."

“I said something about the value of putting a head on a pike as a message,” Comey wrote.

“(Trump) replied by saying it may involve putting reporters in jail. ‘They spend a couple days in jail, make a new friend, and they are ready to talk.’ I laughed as I walked to the door Reince PriebusReinhold (Reince) Richard PriebusBiden's is not a leaky ship of state — not yet Governor races to test COVID-19 response, Trump influence Ex-Trump chief of staff Priebus mulling Wisconsin governor bid MORE had opened,” Comey wrote.

The Justice Department on Thursday night sent lawmakers multiple memos that Comey authored after his meetings with Trump. Comey was fired last May. 

Trump has had a combative relationship with the media since he took office. He frequently attacks outlets like The New York Times, The Washington Post and CNN, labeling them "fake news" and questioning their reporting on Twitter.

Trump has also taken a harsh stance toward those who leak information. Such breaches have plagued his administration since he took office.