Obama, GOP lawmakers clash over intel leaks investigation
Rep. Peter King weighs in
- Duration 6:02
- Date Jun 10, 2012
Rep. Peter King weighs in
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Let's turn back to one of our top stories right now the ongoing investigation into that series of national security leaks.
Congressional leaders are demanding answers from the Obama administration.
On both sides of the aisle asking how sensitive information.
Such as the recent cyber attacks against Iran and the president's so called kill list of terror suspects.
Could have gotten out in the first place.
Joining us now on -- congressman Peter king of New York chairman of the house homeland security committee congressman welcome to you thank you very much -- thank you.
Maybe I am a little sensitive because I was in the towers on 9/11 but I really worry about giving -- enemy.
Confidential classified information.
Was this -- game changer that so many of these details have got now.
But certainly could do this is the most shameful cascade of police I've ever herders the Indian government.
When I -- right and incidentally coming out we're not certain about something very in the middle of that's some report by you know -- third -- -- which are remember leaks involving two of the most sensitive programs in the United States government.
National security depend upon being leaked out with thousands -- thousands of words and stories the New York Times.
And it's clear from those stories just came right from the White House -- right from the National Security Council came right from the situation room.
After the president to say that he's outraged by this and how can anyone say this -- -- his White House -- -- -- that annoys me -- he -- my White House it's not his White House fact is that the people's house.
He should know that that shows the type of arrogance is going on -- We have to say he's so shocked by widens to have we said nothing at all about it.
And so few of us including John McCain stood up conservatives have scored then suddenly he says he's gonna do something had Erik -- -- Disappointing to -- US -- that is -- clear.
-- -- -- you're gonna -- first of all you were quoted as saying that.
You have chapter and verse of these programs these top program so you're saying not incidental ones.
And you have also been quoted as saying it has to come from the top -- US facts to back up that statement.
I have facts to back up but based -- what's in the New York Times stories themselves.
They have quotes coming from the president's rescue somebody in the president's own circle they of people who in the situation room of the White House.
You can't get in there I mean you have to have the top top security clearances -- be there that's in the White House -- just give within the White House.
Well only a small number of people out and you know what's gonna be talking that -- original mode on in the White House unless it's approved from the top -- the president himself.
Well if you were close to president which -- in the circle he'd have to know who they are.
On the one hand.
I understand that the FBI had begun an investigation into this and now Eric called our.
The attorney general has appointed these two US attorney's.
I assume they will report to the Justice Department.
But the Justice Department is also implicated in some of these leaks is it appropriate for them to be the ones to investigate.
I was really not benefiting from these are -- -- be real special -- they should have final ultimate power.
And friends as we don't know how many -- -- get amateurs definitely gonna get an independent at all.
So far we don't know -- does appear -- -- because in previous cases like this the attorney general actually gives a letter.
To the US attorney go to special counsel said these are your powers.
But for instance -- the power to -- that that's better -- they have the right to subpoena to -- subpoena anyone they want committee convene a grand -- none of this is to make clear at all.
And you know these these -- are so sensitive if you notice Eric Holder can even say what's being investigated he's not allowed to say publicly.
The program is being investigated -- so so I grabbed my idea good thinking what gives you much has been sent out of line of -- shows how about classified this is that we can say we're investigate.
I'm not being -- wise Alec asking you this question but I'm truly curious first we had the hearings that we had to have on the GSA wasteful spending but we had the fast and furious program where -- called it was just this week testifying.
Before a committee now -- there will be hearings on these Intel leaks.
-- all these hearings I'm curious whether or not the White House and congress.
Has time to run the country.
I wish we did -- -- -- parents -- -- I'm on the intelligence committee and I know how secret these programs are what I'm not -- confirming that exists and is relying on press papers press stories as not just these two most recent one just last month.
In Yemen bomb plot.
Which was the highest penetration we ever had in -- Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula.
No one knew about that including speaker of the house the entire program was -- Associated Press again that had to be such a narrow.
Circle of people that has to lead to people very high up in the administration in the.
Is White House so just just one example the president announced that he must sign off on every single drone strike.
No I don't know whether that's protocol in prior administrations necessarily but.
Him saying something like that do you think would you classify that as trying to look tough on terror you're you're a terror expert -- -- -- Sure is to try to be like George Patton and John Wayne I mean the fact is that no one wants and what the president is doing these times what you talk about drone -- we have never confirmed we even have a program.
And here we have the president the United States the talk about how he's baseball cause you check them off -- there was not -- this report to David Axelrod was there when the decisions are made.
And then with the stocks that the other program.
The talking about the uranium.
You have the to determine if you -- being involved you don't tell what allies were involved with you -- most top secret program.
And then the one part of the program that apparently went wrong Joseph Biden -- on the Israelis -- throws he's railways under the bus.
All to make the president look like he's listen I give him credit for what that he's done an overseas terrorism.
There's no need -- to put the nation's security risk.
We're trying to build up his reputation for the presidential election November life is -- -- where you were there on 9/11 you know it's about I whatsoever constituent I know what it's about.
So read that they don't appreciate -- -- in and -- out how serious is this congressman I appreciate you weighing in and this is what you do so I know you'll be very busy on this happened -- giving me so much great did you see you again in America and I both of.