President Trump says he has asked the Justice Department to investigate leaks

He's been criticizing the leaks.

ByMeghan Keneally and Jordyn Phelps
February 16, 2017, 2:01 PM

— -- President Trump said today he has directed the Department of Justice to look into the leaks that have been happening during his administration.

The news comes amid a presidential news conference where he said that the leaks are "very serious."

"I've actually called the Justice Department to look into the leaks. Those are criminal leaks," Trump said this afternoon.

"We are looking into that very seriously. It's a criminal act," he said after noting that his nominee Jeff Sessions was confirmed as U.S. attorney general.

He suggested that the leaks were coming from people that are still in place in various agencies who had been appointed during the Obama administration, but said, "I think you'll see it stopping because now we have our people in."

Earlier today while talking to Republican supporters, Trump made it clear that he intends to punish those responsible for the leaks.

"We’re gonna find the leakers. We’re going to find the leakers. They’re going to pay a big price for leaking," Trump said.

This is a developing story. Please check back for updates.

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