Terrorism and Food Security: The Looming man-made Famine in Nigeria

 

With the end of the ongoing war with Boko Haram still nowhere in sight, the least the world expects of Nigerian leaders is to maintain a united front with a view to ensuring that the developmental objectives of the economy remains on track. Recent developments, especially as it affects food security in this embattled West African nation, may tend towards a man-made famine situation, if everything possible is not done to halt that tendency.

For about the third year now, a new face of terror has swept through the length and breadth of Nigeria; especially the middle-belt area, consisting of Benue and Plateau states, and the Eastern, Western and South-South states of Cross River, Akwa-Ibom, Rivers, Bayelsa, Delta and Edo states.

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Known variously as the ‘’Janjaweed’’ militia, ‘’the sons of Futa Jalon’’, and ‘’Fulani herdsmen’’ by most Nigerians, these herdsmen who drive their cattle all the way from the Savannah north to the middle-belt and southern states where lush green grass for cattle can be found, are a new brand of cattle breeders who are armed with AK 47 rifles, and who go about pillaging, raping, killing and destroying whole villages and farms under the pretext that farmers resist their access to grass (feed) for their cattle.

There were stirrings of what was about to come during the electioneering period of 2014-2015, before the Presidential election which ushered in the government of General Muhammadu Buhari. Initially, skirmishes between farmers and cattle herdsmen were limited to the Benue/Plateau area where the Fulani settlers had been on the necks of the indigenous people, intent on taking over their land, resulting in deaths and destruction of properties, and at times, whole villages.  All this while, grazing in most of the southern states were restricted to the highways beyond villages, and there were no reasons whatsoever for clashes. The problem, for most southerners got closer home just before the advent of the Buhari administration; clashes ensued; people were slaughtered as they tried to resist the armed Fulani herdsmen.

With the advent of the Buhari government, the problem degenerated into something worse; the Obi of Ubulu-Ukwu in Aniocha-North local government area was abducted and killed by some Fulani herdsmen who had invaded in the guise of finding food for their cattle. In the Western Yoruba area, Fulani militant herdsmen invaded the farm of former Secretary of the Federal Government, Chief Olu Falae, killed some of his farmhands, and abducted him. It took the intervention of agents of the Federal government before he was released.

From Enugu state in the east, to the farthest flung villages in the west, nowhere is sacrosanct to the Fulani herdsmen; they stampede their cattle from place to place; trampling and pillaging as they move through schools, villages, and what have you, and any resistance was silenced with shots from ready rifles and machetes. Along the roads to Abuja from both the East and the West, the said Fulani herdsmen wreak havoc; using their cattle to block the highway, and then killing and pillaging passengers of vehicles who were forced to stop.

 

This reporter had a personal experience of what is going on all over the country; which our leaders have preferred to ignore by playing the ostrich. I travelled to my village in Delta State for the funeral obsequies of a prominent son of the village in January, and took some time to visit my undeveloped land. In place of the economic and plantain trees we had spent some funds planting over time, what I saw was plain wasteland. In addition, I observed that the whole area had been subjected to rampant burning; the whole swath of land, as far as the eye could see, was similarly burnt. I was later meant to understand that those herdsmen deliberately set fire to whole lands; farmsteads in which farmers left standing, dry okra, maize, yam and other plants that were meant to be seed for the next planting season; for purposes of ensuring that grass/weed would grow in their stead unhindered on such land, for their cattle, and that trapped and burnt animals like rabbits, antelopes etc. would become ready source of meat for them.

As I shook my head in unbelief at the carnage on my land which stared me in the face, and started the long walk to the remnant of the once tarred road which connected my town to the next town, I felt a prompting to take one last look at the land, and that was the exact time these all-white herd of cattle came into view, ghost-like as they entered into and marched through my land. I beat a hasty retreat for fear of becoming part of the murderous Janjaweed militants’ statistics.

By the time I got back to the village and narrated what I encountered, I was heralded with tales of rapes, shootings and slaughter which had gone on all over the place. It was unbelievable that such atrocities could be allowed to go on in any country in the 21st Century. In most towns and villages I learnt, no one goes to farm alone anymore; women were routinely raped when alone and even in pairs without male company, and men were simply shot for no reason whatsoever. It is simply shameful. It was while I was ruminating on the implications of all I had seen and heard that I saw the following video on the menace Fulani herdsmen and their cattle have become in Edo State.

 

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It was while thinking about the implications on food security for the economy, of the actions of the Fulani herdsmen that it dawned on me that we are most likely, as a nation, heading towards a period of prolonged famine. The situation was made worse by the fact that firstly, our own Federal Government, to all intents and purposes, seems to be ranking the interest of those armed herdsmen, most of whom are non-Nigerians above the interest of bona fide Nigerians. Secondly, and in retrospect, it would seem that the armed cattlemen are merely acting out a script. How come, one must ask, hasn’t the government devised a way to disarm those cattle bandits who are armed with assault rifles illegally?

Secondly, as anyone who is interested in what is currently happening in Nigeria would know, the problem of the Fulani herdsmen has led to the writing of the National Grazing Reserve Council Bill. From a post authored by one Dr. Austin Monye, the would-be Law seeks to create a council to be chaired by a chairman to be appointed by the President. The council shall have the power to appropriate any land anywhere within Nigeria and pay whatever compensation it deems fit; not the value of the land.

The appropriated land shall be assigned to herdsmen who shall use same for grazing purposes. If the former owner of the appropriated land wishes to challenge the appropriation; if he feels that the council wrongly appropriated his land, then he could go to court to challenge the said appropriation. Before he goes to court, the appropriated must first of all notify the Federal Attorney General who must consent to the action before the appropriated can sue. If the Attorney General refuses to give his consent, the appropriated has lost his land forever. When passed, the law shall apply to every parcel of land in Nigeria, making it superior to the Land Use Act.

Moreover, in order to be entitled to any form of compensation, one must have and present proof of ownership such as survey plan, Deed of Ownership, Deed of Conveyance, etc.

According to Dr. Monye, ”that Bill is a deliberate attempt to take our lands and hand them over to to Fulani cattlemen since only the Fulanis rear cattle in Nigeria. That law, when passed, shall fulfil the directive of Uthman Dan Fodio and other northern leaders to take over other parts of Nigeria.”

He concluded: ”That law will destroy Nigeria. All over the world, ranches are established and used to rear cattle. The farmers buy land and put their cattle there. There is no country where the land of citizens are compulsorily acquired for the purposes of cattle grazing, and given free of any charge to the rich cattle owners. This is evil, and designed to favour the Fulanis where the President comes from. We must resist the passage of that bill into law to save Nigeria, and to protect our future generations. We must defend our land and protect our children.”

 

 

 

 

US pushes for new UN sanctions to slash North Korean export revenue

A new UN Security Council resolution drafted by the US aims to ban North Korean trade in coal, iron, lead and seafood. There was reportedly “high confidence” among that the resolution would be backed by Russia and China.

North Korean leader Kim Jong-UnNorth Korean leader Kim Jong Un pictured during military drills earlier this year

The UN Security Council is due to vote on Saturday over whether to toughen sanctions against North Korea, depriving the reclusive state of around $1 billion (850 million euro) in export revenue.

The draft resolution, which was circulated to the 15-member Security Council on Friday, would also halt countries from increasing the number of North Korean laborers working abroad, ban any new joint business ventures with the North Korean regime and ban fresh investment into such existing ventures.

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Finally, the North’s Foreign Trade Bank, the country’s main clearing house, would be added to the UN’s sanctions blacklist.

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Egypt, which currently holds the Security Council’s rotating presidency, confirmed that a vote on the draft resolution was scheduled for 3 pm local time in New York City (1900 UTC).

According to a council diplomat speaking to major news agencies on condition of anonymity, the US has been negotiating the proposed measures with China, Pyongyang’s principal ally and trading partner, since the North launched its first intercontinental ballistic missile (ICMB) test on July 4.

However, those talks have gained in urgency over the past week, after a second ICBM test raised fears that Pyongyang could soon possess missiles capable of reaching the US mainland.

“These are export sectors where this money is viewed as a critical, critical source of hard currency that the North immediately turns around into its fantastically expensive war machine and these just amazingly expensive ballistic missile and nuclear weapons programs,” the diplomatic source said.

The resolution needs nine votes in favor and no vetoes from the council’s permanent members – the US, China, Russia, France and Britain – to be adopted.

Read more: Which US cities could North Korea’s ballistic missile hit?

Crucially, the draft text stopped short of curbing oil imports into North Korea, which would likely have dealt a massive blow to the country’s already cash-starved economy. Such a move would have faced a probable veto from China and Russia, who have vowed to not to support any measures that risk worsening North Korea’s humanitarian crisis.

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Chinese and Russian backing essential

The diplomatic source said there was “high confidence” that China and Russia would be on board with the latest series of sanctions, which would make it the seventh sanctions resolution passed since North Korea’s first nuclear test in 2006.

Read more: Sent from North Korea, exploited in Poland

However, Russia has rejected assessments that Pyongyang’s latest tests saw the launch of long-range ICBMs, arguing that the missiles were medium-range. That, coupled with worsening relations between Moscow and Washington, could see negotiations over North Korean sanctions hampered.

Infografik North Korea's missile ranges

However, the fact that the proposal is expected to be voted on Saturday indicates that negotiations between the US and China have gone well, despite US President Donald Trump criticizing Beijing for not having done more to rein in North Korea.

When it comes to new sanctions being imposed on North Korea, both sides generally come to an agreement first before involving other Security Council members.

Nevertheless, differing views remain on how to handle North Korea’s military threat. The US, along with its European allies, as well as Japan and South Korea, maintain that increased sanctions are needed to force Pyongyang to halt its weapons program.

China and Russia, meanwhile, insist that talks are necessary, and sanctions alone will do nothing to alter North Korea’s behavior.

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Venezuelan chief prosecutor’s office blocked by security forces

Venezuelan security forces have blocked off the offices of the chief prosecutor, one of President Nicolas Maduro’s most vocal critics. She is expected to be removed by a newly installed all-powerful assembly.

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Chief prosecutor Luisa Ortega Diaz on Saturday condemned what she called a military “siege,” as she posted photos to Twitter showing dozens of troops from the Venezuelan military outside her Caracas headquarters.

“I denounce this arbitrary act before the national and international community,” she wrote.

The move comes as newly elected members of the all-powerful constituent assembly pledged to move swiftly against President Nicolas Maduro’s opponents.

“Don’t think we’re going to wait weeks, months or years,” former Foreign Minister Delcy Rodriguez said on Friday after she was voted unanimously by all 545 delegates to lead the assembly. “Tomorrow we start to act. The violent fascists, those who wage economic war on the people, those who wage psychological war, justice is coming for you.”

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Some of the assembly’s delegates have already called directly for Ortega’s removal.

Protesters make petrol bombs as the first sitting of the constituent assembly gets underwayAnti-Maduro protesters make petrol bombs as the first sitting of the constituent assembly gets underway in Caracas

Assembly gets to work

The body, which was meeting for the second time on Saturday, is tasked with rewriting the country’s constitution. President Maduro has said the assembly will also strip opposition lawmakers of their constitutional immunity from prosecution.

The opposition has refused to recognize the new body, which includes Maduro’s wife and son among its more than 500 members and is composed largely of presidential loyalists. Government opponents see the asembly as a move by Maduro to destroy democracy.

Delegates of the national constituent assmebly meet in CaracasNational constituent assembly members, including the body’s President Delcy Rodriguez (in red), meet in Caracas

Prosecutor Ortega had announced earlier in the week that she would open an investigation into alleged irregularities into Sunday’s controversial election to form the assembly. She also submitted a court claim seeking to suspend the body.

Despite opposition protests, the assembly’s first session went ahead on Friday.

Demonstrations have continued for more than four months, and the opposition’s call to renew street protests raised fears that the death toll could risebeyond the 125 individuals who have already died.

Maduro supporters with hands raised outside the legislative palace (Reuters/U. Marcelino)Maduro supporters were also present outside the legislative palace as the meeting began on Friday

International rejection

Plans to install the new assembly provoked an international outcry, with the United States, the European Union and major Latin American countries all saying they would not recognize it. The Vatican has also urged Maduro not to go ahead with the assembly, calling on the government “to ensure full respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms and the existing constitution.”

The constituent assembly has unlimited powers to dissolve the country’s legislature, the National Assembly, and amend laws, in addition to its task of rewriting the 1999 constitution brought in under late President Hugo Chavez. Maduro says the new constitution will end Venezuela’s political and economic crisis, though he gave no details on how these ends would be attained.

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Climate change could make South Asia too hot for human survival by 2100

Global warming scientists have warned that heat levels in South Asia, home to some 1.5 billion people, could reach uninhabitable levels by 2100. India, Pakistan and Bangladesh would be the worst affected regions.

Indien Dürre und Ernteausfall (Reuters/S. Pamungkas)

If climate change continues at its current pace, deadly heatwaves could make large parts of South Asia too hot for human survival by the end of the century, researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) warned on Wednesday.

“The most intense hazard from extreme future heat waves is concentrated around the densely populated agricultural regions of the Ganges and Indus river basins,” wrote the authors of the study. Up to 1.5 billion could see their hometowns become impossible to live in.

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Today, around 2 percent of India’s population is exposed to the extreme combinations of heat and humidity analyzed in the study. However, according to the study published in the journal Science Advances, that figure could rise to as much as 70 percent unless major efforts are taken to curb climate-warming carbon emissions.

“Climate change is not an abstract concept, it is impacting huge numbers of vulnerable people,” said MIT professor Elfatih Eltahir. “Business as usual runs the risk of having extremely lethal heat waves.”

‘Wet-bulb temperatures’

Unlike previous climate change and temperature projections, the MIT study also looked at humidity and the body’s ability to cool down, as well as heat levels. The three factors make up what’s called a “wet-bulb temperature,” which is measured by recording the temperature of the air when a wet cloth is wrapped around the thermometer. Climate scientists use this measurement to estimate how easily water can evaporate.

According to climate scientists, humans can survive a wet-bulb temperature of about 35 degrees Celsius (95 degrees Fahrenheit), while anything beyond could cause the body to have difficulty sweating to cool down. Such a phenomenon could lead to heat stroke or even death within just a few hours.

Putting the research findings into perspective, wet bulb temperatures have so far rarely exceeded the already hazardous level 31 degrees Celsius.

It is hard to imagine conditions that are too hot for people to survive for a more than a few minutes, but that is exactly what is being discussed in this paper,” Chris Field, a Stanford University climate scientist who was not involved in the study, told the Associated Press news agency. “And of course, the danger threshold for punishing heat and humidity is lower for people who are ill or elderly.”

Read more: Global warming is reshaping the world’s forests

South Asia’s densely populated farming are likely to fare the worst; deforestation has left workers particularly exposed to the sun, while the rural surroundings leave little chance of people having access to electricity and air conditioning units.

As recently as 2015, a heat wave across India and Pakistan killed some 3,500 people.

World’s hottest region

The study also predicts that the Gulf could become the world’s hottest region by 2100, due to climate change. However, citizens in the region are significantly better off financially than those in the Ganges and Indus river basins, meaning they will be able to better respond to the risks posed by relentlessly blistering temperatures.

The affected South Asia reasons also rely on crops and livestock, while the oil-rich Gulf region imports almost all of its food.

Less developed medical infrastructure in the rural regions of India, Pakistan and Bangladesh would also see diseases and infections flourish in the in the scorching temperatures, compounding the just how dangerous merely venturing outside could become in the coming decades.

Cause for hope

In the study, scientists also estimated wet-bulb temperatures under the scenario in which concerted action was taken was to limit global warming. Although temperatures would still reach dangerous levels of around 31 degrees Celsius – a level considered dangerous but significantly less fatal – the percentage of South Asia exposed to potentially fatal temperatures would increase from zero to just 2 percent.

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Report: Extreme weather could kill over 150,000 Europeans per year by 2100

Climate research shows that the death-toll from European weather disasters may increase 50-fold by 2100 if no action is taken to curb carbon emissions. Heatwaves will account for 99 percent of all weather-related deaths.

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The study published in the Lancet Planetary Health journal on Friday warned that deaths in Europe caused by weather disasters would increase from 2,700 deaths a year between 1981 and 2010 to 151,500 deaths a year in the timeframe 2071 to 2100.

The study also projected that around two-thirds of Europeans will be exposed to extreme weather annually by the end of the century.

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That translates to more than 350 million people per year. By contrast, on average around 25 million people per year were found to have been exposed to weather disasters between 1981 and 2010. Exposure included anything from death and disease, to losing a home.

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“Climate change is one of the biggest global threats to human health of the 21st century, and its peril to society will be increasingly connected to weather-driven hazards,” said Giovanni Forzieri, who co-led the study on behalf of the European Commission Joint Research Centre in Italy. “Unless global warming is curbed as a matter of urgency and appropriate adaptation measures are taken, about 350 million Europeans could be exposed to harmful climate extremes on an annual basis by the end of this century.”

Researchers analyzed records of weather-related events in the European Union, Switzerland, Norway and Iceland during the 30-year reference period from 1981 to 2010. They then compared this to projections in population growth and migration, as well future heatwaves, droughts, floods and cold snaps.

Read more: Having fewer children: A solution for climate change?

The study was based on the assumption that there would be no drop in the rate of global greenhouse gas emissions and that average global temperatures would rise by 3 degrees Celsius (C) (5.4 degrees Fahrenheit) by 2100 from their 1990 levels.

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Heatwaves still the main killer

The study found that deaths from heatwaves were projected to increase by 5,400 percent and could cause as many as 99 percent of all weather-related deaths.

Meanwhile, coastal floods were projected to increase by 3,780 percent, wildfires by 138 percent, river floods by 54 percent and windstorms by 20 percent.

While climate change will naturally be the principal driver of weather-related disastrous, accounting for 90 percent of the risk, the remaining 10 percent will be spurred by population growth, migration and urbanization, according to the report.

Paul Wilkinson, a professor at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, who was not involved in the research, said the results were very worrying. “Global warming could result in rapidly rising human impacts unless adequate adaptation measures are taken, with an especially steep rise in the mortality risks of extreme heat,” he said. The study adds “further weight to the powerful argument for accelerating mitigation actions.”

Read more: Climate change is making our summers more extreme

The study comes as much of southern Europe finds itself in the midst of a heatwave with several areas recording temperatures of up to 44C. Italy is seeing temperatures 10C higher than the usual average for this time of year.

On Wednesday, researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) warned that large parts of South Asia could become too hot for human survival by 2100. The worst-affected region, which covers India, Bangladesh and Pakistan, is currently home to some 1.5 billion people.

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Hot wheels: UAE temperatures so high cars are bursting into flames (VIDEOS)

Hot wheels: UAE temperatures so high cars are bursting into flames (VIDEOS)
Soaring temperatures in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) have caused seven vehicles to burst into flames in the past two months. The civil defense are urging drivers to ensure their cars are maintained properly to prevent fire damage.

On Wednesday, a parked car burst into flames in Umm Al Quwain, reports the Khaleej Times. Video posted to the UAQ Civil Defence Instagram account shows firefighters arriving at the scene to extinguish the burning vehicle in 40-degree heat (104 degrees Fahrenheit).

Director of the UAQ civil defense department, Col Hassan Ali Mohammed bin Sarm, told reporters the case had been “referred to the legal authorities concerned for legal action.”

The fire is the seventh such incident in the last two months, with one truck catching fire while it was in transit. The driver lost control of the vehicle, veering off the road before flipping the truck several times.

A video posted to the UAE Civil Defence Instagram advises drivers on how to avoid vehicular fires with flammable objects left inside cars and poor maintenance called out as the main offenders.

Last month, Colonel Sami Khamis Al Naqbi, director-general of Sharjah Civil Defence, told Gulf News that human negligence was also a factor, with illegal modifications and improper maintenance of vehicle electronics also playing a significant role in the outbreak of vehicular combustion.

He also claimed collisions could play a role, saying: “Vehicles involved in an accident can catch fire if the collision affects the fuel-related parts of the vehicle or if there is an electrical spark in the engine which ignites leaking fuel.”

Sessions announces hunt for leakers, says cases have ‘exploded’

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Attorney General Jeff Sessions and other top administration officials lashed out Friday against illegal leaks and issued a stern warning that offenders will be “held accountable,” announcing new efforts to hunt them down.

“No government can be effective when its members cannot speak in confidence” with other government leaders, Sessions said, referring specifically to the bombshell leak a day earlier of President Trump’s conversations with foreign leaders.

He said referrals of classified leaks from U.S. intelligence agencies have “exploded” this year.

“We are taking a stand,” the attorney general said. “This culture of leaks must stop.”

Session said criminals who have leaked classified information are “being investigated and will be prosecuted.” He added that four people have already been charged with leaking classified material and related counts, and investigations have tripled.

Sessions said he has directed Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and new FBI Director Christopher Wray to oversee all classified leak investigations and actively monitor the progress.

He said a new counterintelligence unit has been created to manage cases, and he has directed the National Security Division and U.S. attorneys to prioritize cases involving unauthorized disclosures.

“The department will not hesitate to bring lawful and appropriate criminal charges against those who abuse the nation’s trust,” he said.

Sessions also had some sharp words for the media, saying he would order a review of the current subpoena policy regarding leaks of classified information and called the publication of such materials as something that places lives “at risk.”

David Boardman, chairman of the Reporters Committee for the Freedom of the Press, fired back.

“What the attorney general is suggesting is a dangerous threat to the freedom of the American people to know and understand what their leaders are doing, and why,” Boardman said in a statement.

Leak cases have traditionally been difficult to prove and prosecute. In 2015, Attorney General Eric Holder issued new guidelines on obtaining information from members of the media. Sessions said Friday that he’s reviewing the DOJ’s policy on issuing subpoenas to reporters.

Under the Obama administration, federal prosecutors brought charges in nine cases – more than all previous administrations combined.

Still, it was clear by Sessions’ comments that the Trump administration would go after any leakers of sensitive information.

Last month, a report written by Republicans on the Senate’s homeland security panel warned that the Trump administration faced an “alarming” amount of media leaks that posed a potential threat to national security. The 24-page report, titled “State Secrets: How and Avalanche of Media Leaks is Harming National Security,” estimated the Trump administration has had about one leak per day.

The authors of the report urged the Justice Department to step up its investigations into the leaks.

On Thursday, a new leak hit the White House hard.

The Washington Post released complete transcripts from Trump’s telephone conversations with Enrique Peña Nieto, the president of Mexico, and Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.

The documents provided an unfiltered glimpse into Trump’s diplomacy during his first few days on the job. It also unveiled some not-so-nice comments he made in which he called New Hampshire a “drug infested den” and pleaded with Nieto to stay quiet about the controversial border wall Trump repeatedly promised he’d build.

“Leaking the phone calls between our president and other heads of state is nothing short of a national disgrace,” Kellyanne Conway, White House counselor, told “Fox & Friends” on Friday. “I want there to be bipartisan outrage.”

She noted the West Wing is a “small place” and finding the leakers might be “easier” than some realize.”

Former federal prosecutors told Fox News that the leak likely constitutes a federal crime. And lawmakers have voiced concern about how that material got out and the security implications.

Republican Sens. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Bob Corker of Tennessee lashed out at the person behind the leak, with Graham calling it a “disservice to the president” and Corker saying he hopes Trump’s new chief of staff will “fire every single person” who is behind leaking sensitive information from within the White House.

Though Friday’s announcement has been in the works for some time, it comes during a rocky period between Trump and Sessions. Trump has taken the former Alabama senator to task over the past few weeks and has stated his “disappointment” with the country’s top law enforcement official via tweets, interviews and press conferences.

Trump slammed Sessions for not being tougher on leaks from the intelligence community.

“I want the attorney general to be much tougher,” Trump said last week. “I want the leaks from intelligence agencies, which are leaking like rarely have they ever leaked before, at a very important level. These are intelligence agencies we cannot have that happen.”

Fox News’ Doug McKelway contributed to this report. 

 

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