Dems, GOP battle over special counsel in intel leak probe
Michael Reagan reacts
- Duration 6:10
- Date Jun 12, 2012
Michael Reagan reacts
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Back to our top story a looming battle over how to investigate what some are calling the worst intelligence leaks in our history.
-- Democrats joined Republicans in calls for accountability from the White House.
But today Republicans are calling for a special counsel and that is meeting resistance from the attorney general and even setting up a spat between Republican senator Lindsey grand.
And Judiciary Chairman Patrick Leahy a Democrat -- that.
There's no doubt in my mind.
That if the shoe were on the other foot you and everybody on that sad will be screen and heaven to appoint a special prosecutor that all of us could scientific.
I have given the record of the what you I've had from my promise colony -- general Obama and -- and there were pictures.
This cries out for corrective action.
The -- include classified details on cyber attacks against Iran.
Inside information on the big -- in Big -- moderates kidney details on -- Pakistani Doctor Who actually helped us catch bin Laden.
And now the infamous New York Times profile on the president's kill list and how he makes decisions.
About terror targets Michael Reagan as a political consultants and chairman of the Reagan -- great to see today.
Good see you should and could have figured that be would do well it's nice have this discussion with you because you obviously have experience and insight information on how this all works I mean.
It isn't fair to say that just about every administration has leaks and information at one time or another not saying that's happened here but -- -- can be useful.
-- -- normally you have a designated -- within the White House who is charged with leaking information.
To the media -- get your story out.
To try -- beat depresses and make yourself look very good in the eyes of the public out there in the Reagan administration David Gergen.
Who is out there leaking information -- media back in the nineteen racial every administrations had it.
But this is how far do you go with what you in fact leak out.
And -- so much smells like the Obama administration because they're so much -- themselves and patting themselves on the back -- look at me.
When you've got to Republicans -- say listen this man is not strong with defense you have a president who is now picking up the exact targets.
That the drones are going to go in and fire at.
And take out.
This is outrageous.
These kinds of wage going up because supposed to probably United States.
In harm's way in the future because you've taken plausible -- ability away.
Thing is they need to find the person who might have leaked all of this information and I think they're right.
It's not from the White House but I would check with the vice president's house.
Today Clinton are right well we do have to US attorneys said the attorney general Eric Holder has tapped to lead to separate investigations being wouldn't really talk about today.
What they're two separate tracks are what exactly they're after.
A but there are a lot of folks in you saw senator Lindsey Graham -- suggesting they don't think those two US attorneys can be independent that there are folks within the DOJ party sort of accused themselves from taking part.
Do you think it's enough to have those -- I mean that -- you know.
I have praise from both sides of the -- people talk about what strong that good prosecutors and attorneys they are is -- good enough.
You know what will happen is -- spent a lot of money trying to search out who was the leaker in all of this ultimately.
Come up with absolutely nothing.
Everybody a pat themselves on the back and say we affected our jobs because they'll find out that the -- is probably a friend to both sides of the help.
And they don't want to take that person down.
And this seems to be the problem -- Special prosecutors when we go after people we don't get the personal were after -- get everybody around him seems to collateral damage.
Is very high and the -- were after never gets to be found.
How would worry about our friends in Israel and our friends in other places that we work with the gather information.
And then use that information.
For a United States of America to be able to use to take down a reactor whatever it might be those of the problems that we're gonna face the future -- -- information sort of coming public about this and there were accusations that it might traced back to the White House the president.
Very and very publicly and forcefully said those types of suggestions are wrong and their offensive using -- -- these folks might wanna check with the vice president.
Any any possibility that he would go -- and be leaking information on behalf of the administration whip out the president's express knowledge or consent.
Oh I don't think he goes rogue at all I think Joseph Biden knows exactly -- -- and I remember my father's administration.
Joseph Biden was sitting in on national security matters as you would because he was a member of the senate.
And at my father was coming up with any Covert that operations that he disagreed -- even though everybody else -- -- might have agreed with Ronald Reagan.
Joseph Biden would threaten the -- United States that he would leak information to the media.
If that's the only way he could stop Ronald Reagan from carrying out a Covert operation.
This smells so much like Joseph Biden at the vice presidential house and I think that's -- the way that they.
They framed the phrases when they say what the White House had -- you're doing it.
I think Joseph Biden is basically the bottom of all this because he has a history of leaking to the media.
On both sides of the fence so do you think it's an issue of semantics -- for the White House to say it didn't compromise but you don't think -- vice president Joseph Biden would have acted it would have leaked this information without the White House knowing.
No I don't think -- whatever at all I think I think within the White House.
The Joseph Biden became that person who leaked the information not -- I think may not have.
Said to Joseph Biden please leaked this out.
But it's so smells as I said what this administration patting themselves on the back.
To say look about look what we're doing we're tough we're strong we're stronger defense were taken -- the bad guys.
We in fact the -- United States is the one.
Picking out those people who are going to take out with the drones I mean my goodness gracious the president doesn't understand the position in New York Times -- lakers -- Indian.
In the future because now he is in harm's way before during and after the presidency of the United States.
Right Michael Reagan we'll follow -- and see where these investigations -- and see if your predictions come true thank you very much for your time.
You got -- there are dual.