Trump To Comey: Reporters Who Publish Leaks Should Spend ‘A Couple Days In Jail’

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According to James Comey's memos, President Trump thought jailing journalists might deter the publishing of leaks.

Jailing journalists is an ill-conceived notion for most Americans, but President Donald Trump thought it an appropriate response to reporters publishing leaks about his administration -- this according to recently published, partially redacted memos written by former FBI Director James Comey.

The memos were requested by Republican members of Congress and delivered by the Justice Department Thursday.

By Thursday evening, the memos had been leaked to the press.

Trump had been bristling over troubling leaks surrounding his campaign, his presidential transition and, later, his administration — which often led to news articles that he found unflattering.

Comey noted in one memo a conversation he had with Trump about that issue, during which Trump talked about finding leakers:

"I said something about the value of putting a head on a pike as a message," Comey wrote, adding that Trump replied that it may involve putting reporters in jail, the memo reads.

"They spend a couple days in jail, make a new friend, and they are ready to talk," Trump said according to Comey's recollection.

The revelation is unsurprising -- Trump has taken a hostile stance toward the American press since the early days of his campaign.