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-- Father's Day from Fox News in Washington.
We're going to focus today on the extraordinary series of disclosures in recent weeks of highly sensitive secrets in the US war on terror.
And a few minutes we'll talk with a former head of the CIA and the chairman of the senate homeland security committee.
But first David plot senior advisor to the president is here to talk about the -- and much more mr.
-- welcome back to Fox -- -- -- immigrants.
Let's start with the disclosure of top secrets and what the president said about that nine days ago Curtis.
The notion that bad.
My White House.
Classified national security information.
But of course the president can declassify.
Any information any classified information that he one simple question.
Did the president or any other top officials declassify.
Any of the information that appeared news articles.
While the president was very clear about this -- and in that interview that.
He has zero tolerance for this kind of national security leak.
There is now banned by the attorney general -- United States attorneys appointed to investigate this including a bush appointed.
We take this as seriously as anything to be taken and no one more than the president relies on this information.
To make good decisions and keep this country safe I believe the person who wrote -- the book in question.
Has said that no one in the White House provided this information but -- -- to -- investigate no he has not said.
David Sanger said that in fact he did talk to top White House officials he said it wasn't leaks.
That he's been investigating for months he did not say -- out via -- that he did talk to people like well for the book -- he's probably a national security reporter obviously was writing about these important issues facing the country.
But -- isn't going to be a very thorough investigation attorney general -- spoken of this United States attorneys will will look under every rock here this ought to be investigated thoroughly as anything can.
And we ought to wait the results that investigation but I do want to ask you because you didn't answer my direct question did the president or any other top official.
Any of the information that appeared in these articles.
Now I don't listen to the president and his national security team first of all these are the folks who have waged just a relentless and effective.
Effort against al-Qaeda and its leadership we decimated most of the top leadership including the line.
These national security information is so critical for president his administration making right decisions nobody takes -- more seriously.
In the present -- for -- -- it's a yes or no question did the president declassify any of this and from -- -- it.
Course he did not do it now -- Let's go through some of the secrets that word has closed in these articles.
The CIA had a double agent inside al-Qaeda in Yemen who foiled a new bomb plot.
The president personally approves -- kill list of terrorist suspects for drone drone strikes and the US and Israel launched a cyber attack against Iran's nuclear program.
Here are the some of the some of the people quoted in the article not saying that they gave up these secret but they're quoted news articles.
National security advisor Tom Donnelly former White House chief -- down bill -- Members of the president's national security team who were in meetings with him in the situation room.
And the president has no idea who divulge these secrets listen did.
Metres in our administration of course they're gonna talk about the president's strategic approach to keep in this country safe.
Our foreign policy but to suggest somehow that the people that he relies on -- vice every day.
Would leak information like this is just actually -- it's highly objectionable and listen.
But the -- did well let's let's I'm not -- -- Donna Leonard daily -- but there are people quoted.
But by these reporters and they say that they were members of the national security team who were in the situation room with the president going with a source -- your putting up pictures of Tom Donnelly and bill -- Suggesting somehow.
Did they did something untoward and I just said that date they are quoted in the articles but specifically with the quotes.
About these deet -- -- as members of the national security today.
Well listen I I see the capitol behind you right now.
What part of what's going on here the Republicans in congress are pretty clear -- beginning this year what do they -- one of their core strategic priorities was.
Was to engage investigations.
To damage this present politically Republican congress talked openly about this so what you have here is a situation where.
An investigation has been announced by -- United States attorneys including of an appointee of President Bush.
What -- let that investigation proceed.
Rather than turning in this -- -- sum game a distraction.
Because what we really need to focus on -- we have to continue to fight against al-Qaeda.
We have to continue to progress we've made we also to turn our attention.
As forcefully as we can -- the economy creating jobs which are seeing in Washington right now by the way there was an amazing article the other day I believe it was in the Wall Street Journal.
Where Republican in congress openly we're saying.
We're not gonna do anything until the election on the economy.
Because we want to help Mitt Romney has an amazing -- economy that needs help right now.
But the middle class struggle and it's an amazing thing I think you're gonna see increasingly these kinds of distractions coming from Republican congress we're gonna think we're gonna -- You think these are distractions.
Well my point is an investigation -- been announced.
So let's let that proceed rather than trying to suggest.
Not let me ask a couple of specific questions.
Back on the Valerie Plame investigation in 2003.
President Bush ordered.
Any and all members of the -- administration knew anything about the outing of Valerie Plame to come forward.
How's President Obama made that same kind of order to all of you.
While everyone is obviously gonna participate in the investigation you've got to again to United States attorneys.
They have been appointed by the attorney -- United States who gonna look thoroughly into -- they're gonna talk to but has anybody they want -- the president ordered his staff to console.
Obviously everyone is gonna participate in the investigation.
Let me ask -- -- -- -- -- -- investigation back in the Valerie Plame case President Bush agreed to and sat down for -- interrogation by federal prosecutors.
Will President Obama sit down to be interrogated.
By prosecutors in this guys listen -- I'm not gonna get into that right now the question is this investigation.
Should be treated seriously.
This is gonna wanna say yes if he's asked Phil Chris I'm not I'm not running the investigation okay.
We've got career.
Law enforcement professionals and prosecutors who are aggressively -- -- -- this.
The president -- -- administration want this investigation is thorough if possible but will the president cooperate.
And I'm not -- -- answer and his particular involved right now Chris -- that the point is.
Everyone in our administration and I think this probably goes -- the agencies as well of course he's got a cooperate -- this past the White House says that there is no need for an independent prosecutor you've mentions a couple of times now.
That the US a chart to US attorneys have been appointed by attorney general holder to look at that.
I want to ask -- those because back in 2006.
Of the case of lobbyist Jack Abramoff senator Barack Obama sent a letter.
That said this a special counsel will insure the public's confidence in the investigation and prosecution.
And help to restore its faith in our government.
If an independent prosecutor was necessary and the Abramoff case.
Which quite frankly was not a matter of national security.
Why not an independent prosecutor.
In the in the case of our top national secrets.
Well the attorney general who is our top law enforcement officers you know has made a decision about the best way to proceed here this is a very serious investigation.
As again these are two United States attorneys.
One bush appointee who were gonna have the ability as they should thoroughly look at that so why not an independent prosecutor to as as Senator Obama said.
To ensure the public's confidence in the investigation -- I think most Americans would rightfully think that you United States attorneys.
Looking into this with thoroughness.
With resource Senator Obama didn't think so now in 2000 sex well that that was a different case Chris and by the way to -- -- -- azureus to -- well.
There's an investigation proceed OK so let's let that investigation happen let the facts come out.
-- -- Let's move on to something else the president announced a new immigration policy this week to stop deporting illegals who have been brought into this country.
As children and who have good records no criminal records law abiding.
Here is what mr.
Obama said last year about not having the power to do exactly this -- I know some people want me to bypass congress and change the laws on my own -- that's.
How our democracy functions.
That's not how our constitution is written.
What's changed from last year although the fact that the president now needs Hispanic voters to get re elected nothing's changed president can change -- -- zone.
This is not a permanent fix.
This was prosecutorial prosecutorial prosecutorial discretion.
Announced by the Department of Homeland Security not a change in the law so this is gonna allow our law enforcement agencies to focus on deporting criminals.
That's up 80% by the way we -- we need to focus on the real threat here people are endangering our communities.
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