House Intelligence Committee chair talks security leaks
Rep. Mike Rogers on 'Special Report'
- Duration 5:01
- Date Jul 25, 2012
Rep. Mike Rogers on 'Special Report'
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-- long Wendell thank you let's get reaction now from the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee.
Chairman thanks for being here.
Brett thanks for having me I want to tee up again that what David Axelrod said this morning when asked about this investigation specifically take a list.
Absolutely the president's policy is.
That we should not be weakening how to classify so -- so mission without -- well my question London but why why why is it why is it leaking out of the White House Jolie's show.
Joseph there's there's an investigation going well you do you stop it by sending strong signal strong signals have been sent their release out of every administration.
He said there -- leaks out of every administration mr.
chairman what does full cooperation.
With the Department of Justice probe mean what does it look like.
Yeah I can't tell his former investigator.
-- that it has a whole there's a whole series of things that need to happen you can't just agree to some meetings not other meetings this shouldn't be a negotiated event unfortunately I think it's become now.
If the president wants full confidence about the way I have seen this confidence -- we have a crisis of confidence.
In keeping information secret around the world I can't tell you is a guy that.
Who's in charge of this -- the house were present as -- intelligence -- how people are saying it we're just not sure wouldn't cooperate with the United States and more serious problem.
They need to say listen I'm in this thing -- what you get to talk to anybody that you want I will give you phone records I -- be view calendars.
I will give you the opportunity.
For these individuals that you have some suspicions about to tell reporters that they can fully disclose the content context.
Of those convert they're not saying that now.
That's this clearly not happening and and here's my point if the president is saying.
I I don't like it -- -- them.
If you saw me and they you know I'm gonna send a very strong signal -- this is this signal he -- to send if he's saying I don't need a special prosecutor.
If he doesn't need a special prosecutor then he should provide all of these materials he should come out immediately.
And outside does a couple of things -- it allows the investigation to go more quickly and I think it needs to go more quickly.
-- and yet that holes panoply of information that you need and it sends a very clear signal.
To folks around the world that we are back in the business of keeping our miles -- shot when it comes to very sensitive classified information.
And it just did that jeopardizes lives -- and it also jeopardizes operations all around the world.
Was chairman you work alongside.
Democratic senator Dianne Feinstein she said.
This week that she thought the White House -- to understand that some of it was coming from its ranks and then walked that back in a statement.
What what's going on there.
Listen I think there's a lot of frustration here on the hill Republicans and Democrats about these leaks the nature of the leaks that sheer volume of the leaks.
The very sensitive classified information that gets leaked.
There's a difference between people screw -- up and providing some maybe they shouldn't.
And there is this intentional.
Amount of information that is really really sense of -- -- -- I think that was an expression of frustration about what we all know.
It it's just very suspicious think about it you have to have somebody has a very serious senior -- clearance level you have to have somebody.
If that is has access to Covert action.
And somebody who has access to the White House situation room just just in the information that was -- in one particular episode.
And what it you don't get too far away from the White House when that happens and I think this frustration is hey listen we don't think this is moving along quickly enough.
We don't think you're taking it seriously enough and you need to come up tomorrow Mr.
And say we're gonna provide all of the information we're gonna provide it.
By this week and we're gonna give you full access without negotiation to everybody you may or may not need to talk to in the white.
Our staff and I -- ask you very quick answer because I wanted to ask you about what's happening in Syria and what you know.
It's a dangerous situation we -- -- by the day.
What's your take.
Very very dangerous situation you have some 300 little less.
-- groups who claim -- opposition status to the government.
You have very large stockpiles of chemical we believe biological weapons and believe that -- regime is moving some of those by their own admission.
We've got some huge problems point 5% of those groups have at least some extremist ties.
It is Dicey -- you know we're not sure that all the Arab League partners are fully working in cooperation together.
Bit of a crisis of leadership here.
This is the opportunity for the United States to help with our Arab League partners.
In trying to get a handle on what is a national security interest the United States lose chemical and biological weapons are a disaster.
And the sophistication of the weapons that might be available the bad guys that if this regime and explodes in Syria.
Makes Libya look like an anti gun show this is very serious business.
Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee Mike Rogers mister chairman as always thank you express.