The White House declined to deny Wednesday the Justice Department is preparing act on behalf of white students affected by affirmative action policies.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders instead emphasized a report on the apparent plans was based on a leak.

"The New York Times article is based entirely on uncorroborated inferences from leaked internal personnel posting in violation of Department of Justice policy," she said at the daily press briefing.

Sanders added, "While the White House does not confirm or deny the existence of potential investigations, the Department of Justice will always review credible allegations of discrimination on the basis of race."

The leaked document was an internal announcement to the department's civil rights division seeking attorneys for work on a project featuring "investigations and possible litigation related to intentional race-based discrimination in college and university admissions."

The Supreme Court has in several divided rulings upheld the use of race as a factor in some college admission processes.