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During today's White House press briefing, Sean Spicer referred any questions about the president's position regarding the prosecution and detention of Julian Assange to the Department of Justice.
Now Ben Sasse, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Oversight, has taken that advice quite literally in an open letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions:
"Does the Department of Justice believe Julian Assange has broken the law and is the Department aggressively pursuing his detention and prosecution?Frankly, it is amazing that I even have to ask this question of the Administration in light of the Intelligence Community's formal assessment that Mr. Assange's website is a known outlet for foreign propaganda and in light of Mr. Assange's history of recklessly endangering the lives of Americans through his illegal disclosures. Nevertheless, because Mr. Spicer referred this matter to DOJ, I am now asking you."