White House accused of leaking national intelligence
Senator John McCain weighs in
- Duration 6:56
- Date Jun 11, 2012
Senator John McCain weighs in
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I GOP lawmakers are furious about classified security information allegedly leaked by.
Were politically motivated and perhaps an attempt to boost the president's image.
On foreign policy among the most most angry is has to be Senator John McCain who just happens to be on our -- Senator -- awfully happy for anger -- -- -- -- -- I -- -- greatest team Prez senator Feinstein said I've never seen it worse in terms of leaks.
Well that's just say it's a bipartisan anger here senator Feinstein who is future.
Everybody who's been involved in these sanctions really really operated -- two of our most.
And by the way our allies see that it's been revealed that Israelis were with us in this.
Cyber effort there we'll -- -- that I can imagine how they feel today.
City attorney general has named to US attorneys to look into these leaks to figure out the source you're not satisfied.
-- -- -- -- Portion do you think that attorney general holder has credibility.
On the Republican side is fast and furious thing which they still are unable to get the print brightly dug around.
And did by the way it was a Border Patrol agent from Arizona that was killed in this fast writers.
Is she really doesn't have the credibility.
On the Valerie Plame issue you remember that sure sure you do.
They appointed a special counsel for that.
They need a special counsel for that somebody who is not -- beholden to the -- just does not report to the Department of Justice who would report to federal judges that's.
That you'd think the White House would want that just -- -- on the credibility issue.
Sure but well the president said he found it offensive that people would suggest that people like you would suggest that it was -- for political gain.
Because there is an election coming up.
One of the anecdotes in the book by mr.
Sanger is when they revealed a lot of information about the bin Laden operation.
Including seal team six.
And Secretary Gates was very angry -- over to the White House and said of the president's national security advisor.
I have a new communications strategy for you meant this to balance in what set he said shot to F.
Now when the secretary of defense says that to people in the White House.
It's pretty obvious that they're doing things which do that which is at least in the view of the secretary of defense is harmful.
To our national security so here we are.
With the two most important it's Covert operations going on and they are should ongoing and clearly it puts people's lives at risk absolutely.
Right and here's senator David Sanger said this he said with the information we guys come over a series of months and months of reporting in the administration knew about the reports ahead of time.
In fact we held out some technical information about the sucks that virus at their request what does that tell.
He also mentions that some people that he got information from request anonymity because they would quote lose their jobs I mean.
I don't think there's any doubt that it came from the administration we need to find out.
What would The Who and what as best we can and -- special counsel is obviously related and doesn't look stop with the president.
I I think all presidents have that responsibility.
And I would think that the person most eager to get -- saying investigated would be the pricing and understates.
Let's switch gears and talk about some of the president said on Friday that got a lot of attention trip down memory -- Well let's look at what the president said and then let's take a little trip down memory -- can see where you have to say about this moment.
The private sector's doing fun.
Where we're seeing weaknesses and our economy.
Have to do with state and local government.
Our economy I think still the fundamentals America of our economy are strong.
You're the perfect person to ask about this this and -- go back and we just terrible.
Stock market crash -- people were very nervous and I wanted to try to reassure them that the fundamentals of our economy were good.
Singing and you've had -- -- and maybe that's what he was doing maybe he was being reassuring how you interpret.
Sector doing fine I'd like to -- central avenue Phoenix with him and -- him.
These small business owners in these close businesses -- that store -- and that and that.
All of the impact that this recession has had on the economy.
The private sector and fundamental if I could just mention this.
It shows the philosophy for the president United States he believes that having stayed.
Federal and local governments.
Hire more people that patsy answer the way out Mitt Romney believes that business creates jobs.
Well I asked him to do sometimes people have gaps and they're just guessed it Google to a news cycle but John Kerry says -- I was four before I was against it.
When you mention that moment -- fundamentals are fine.
Do you believe that moment.
Will be -- -- packed full as the moment when you said that because it was tough for you to shake it was tough John Kerry never sure -- We know very candidly it all depends on media coverage and I would argue that a lot of media is not to unfriendly.
To the president -- -- -- certainly defining in that it describes his philosophy.
-- -- the words again.
Private sector he thinks is going fine the way you get out of the recession -- longest -- -- relationship Great Depression.
Is to have government hire more people have more.
The -- firefighters and so police and it's fine to have firefighters and police and Mitt Romney wants firefighters and police.
But he also wants to address the issue that you -- Governor Walker.
And -- -- obviously out of control pension funds and other costs -- you -- you obviously that you were better choice for president has he been as he'd been.
Worse or better than you thought as a present three and three nephews well I think it's it's very hard to say but I think that the president clearly has.
Pursued have been used to get us out of this recession which I think -- have been harmful to the country.
-- he had three major.
Legislative accomplishments in his first two years.
Stimulus package and Obama care.
All three of those were.
In my view absolute -- -- in in your view of the voters in November gonna have a clear choice between Mitt Romney who has him vast experience in business and -- the Olympics and everything else and the president has in the last four.
Here is and has done this.
Right John McCain it's always a pleasure thank.
Yeah I -- -- -- busy days -- Linux to -- great to see that trying to go back into the lord's work in the city of Satan.
What volume love this city of Haitian Washington and all okay.
And I agreed to that state -- city dug out there and.