Friday Lightning Round: National security leaks
Panel sums up this week's hot topics
- Duration 6:49
- Date Jun 8, 2012
Panel sums up this week's hot topics
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My White House.
Classified national security information.
President Obama denying the White House has played any role -- extensive national security -- recently.
Every week viewers vote for your choice on line and our Friday lightning round -- -- this week awaiting Obama -- ruling one.
With 37% of the vote will get to that in a moment but first the latest on the security -- the president as we heard not only.
Denied any White House involvement but also said that they are our investigations.
Under way unfortunately no reporters that.
What about a special prosecutor.
Where does this stand tonight state.
Look I think this is a really big deal we talked about a week ago it was a big deal -- it's an even bigger deal right now think about with the president's that he gave assurances that.
His White House staff couldn't have been involved in the leaking despite the fact that the New York Times in its original -- interrupt for a second because AP is reporting right now.
That the attorney general holder it has appointed to prosecutors to oversee the -- problems -- -- not saying whether those are just people inside the department special process writers.
But he has with well appointed to prosecutors to oversee the Lakefront at this point you would have to read that as their people inside that apart I would think and I think that's not gonna -- I think people have been criticizing the president and that's because.
One of the concerns is will those people in the first -- some of the people who were leaking potentially could have been.
From the Justice Department secondly.
This is not going to make people like John McCain and Lindsey Graham and others happy if it will final -- quickly if you take what the president said he said this didn't come from the White House.
Then he's in effect blaming the intelligence community the only people who could have known.
That's the problem here's.
The White House wasn't involved in these stories I'm the queen of England I mean if you look at these stories and they're quoting the president there people who are in the room with the president.
That -- but what he said interestingly it wasn't so much denying there and bomb and he was saying idea that they leaked classified information which is different than saying they weren't involved.
It's very possible then president can declassify anything he wants to.
And so it's very possible that they could have declassified information are you suggesting he was that.
-- -- -- Clinton Tony and I well I have to say I don't see how it's possible that the White House did not know about these stories when you have quotes of the president the president said this.
I didn't hear anything about the White House freaking out about leaks and this is a White House it has been aggressive about prosecuting people who leaked shots.
I think you'll regret having been made this statement the -- -- you'll regret.
The idea about the private sector doing okay.
If it is offensive the idea that it would have definitely when we know that in the report itself recorded White House officials.
Then let him prove it by having a special counsel appointed.
From what you said they would have said appointed special council headed to being the equivalent of -- Scooter Libby investigation.
Looks as if it's not and that the key here is.
Dianne Feinstein if she demands that it'll be done but she's a democratic geragos and I intelligent liberal -- she's extremely angry over the easily she should be.
And she's the one who needs to speak out right now.
All right Syria where the carnage continues and the prospects for a peaceful.
And to the Asad regime seem slimmer than ever.
Again briefly lightning round Steve where's the country had -- and what's the US real well.
-- the -- not headed to a good place in the US role seems to have been outsourced Kofi Annan who might be the single most.
In effective diplomat in the past twenty years the man who appease Saddam Hussein who oversaw.
-- -- oversaw the United Nations during oil for food and who says that he can stop the slaughter he's been saying for weeks by sending in blue helmeted.
Soldiers who have done nothing.
Terrible terrible situation I think -- oversimplify that we can just sort of swoop in Aaron do something about it it's a well.
Well armed army this is not Libya.
The rebels are and you win number maybe 151000.
You know so I think that it's it's a sad situation but that people are trying to figure out the best way to approach it truck.
Outside represents 10% of the population.
The -- lights they are nine and a strong position the longer it goes on the more he has a chance of collapsing -- -- And we have outsourced our policy here not because the UN but to Russia.
As secretary of state and says we're not enactment of Security Council which means Russia has -- veto which means Russia has a veto over what United States does it's not a place America wants to be.
All right as we said your choice this week is waiting for the Obama care ruling the Supreme Court -- aside some time Bob for the ended June.
When there -- their session runs out.
Only three weeks left I have to -- I've been talking -- some top White House officials who seem.
-- say they're predicting it but prepared for the real possibility that the mandate is gonna be struck down.
They say I don't know it's -- or not they think politically that would help them because if if the rest of its -- -- That those are the parts that people like of obamacare do you buy that no I don't buy that I.
Think actually this is one of these rare situations where no matter what happens.
Republicans are gonna benefit either they're gonna argue that this this is a president who was so extreme and pushing his agenda.
But he had to be reined in by this the Supreme Court because when he was proposing was unconstitutional.
Or you're gonna have Republicans saying in effect.
We've got to undo this and you've seen polls New York Times poll today.
Totally the want the individual mandate thrown out or the entire thing thrown out.
Democrats do not want -- campaign.
Yes -- of -- of course he's running against somebody who had his own health care issue Republicans say oh what's different because it wasn't federal but the point is it it was still fundamentally the same idea and it did have a mandate and I think.
I don't know if that's -- -- -- from the White House.
If it's up -- those can have an -- way beyond this election it means that we are at the end of -- system of enumerated powers in our constitution.
There -- nothing that the congress -- to mandate that's going to be a real change -- that the nature of the social contract to a country.
All right thirty seconds left the big news of the day I'll have another that -- little horse that won the derby and the preakness.
Out of the Belmont Stakes which is going to be run tomorrow first chance to the Triple Crown in 34 years.
Quickly around the panel's reaction very disappointing because I'll have another with a closer in this -- the race that would set up nicely for a closer.
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Have you read any race -- I'm happy that he's been scratched and live out his retirement yesterday and -- -- pay and many what -- what we've had this argument all that that's it for the.