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Fox News alert we have just confirmed now that the FBI was -- the campaign headquarters -- Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell in Louisville.
A short time ago.
Sources telling Fox News that the campaign handed over quote.
About what they say was the bugging.
Of their office back in February.
-- this story broke yesterday after the liberal magazine mother Jones posted tapes.
Of meetings inside senator McConnell office in a story that focused on how mr.
McConnell team with discussing opposition research.
And Ashley -- among others.
-- -- -- Hollywood actress and she was considered a possible challenger to senator McConnell one point of those things she has that she does not want to run.
As the story developed however it appeared clear that it was not the possible crime.
Of possible -- this is the top Republican in the US senate saying he's been bugs.
That was -- largely ignored.
But the politics of what he said.
We're not to take a look at some of the -- headlines here ABC news writes quote senator McConnell recorded plotting against -- CBS news McConnell aides secretly taped ripping Ashley Judd.
MSNBC Ashley -- -- tape McConnell spends himself as victim of nixonian attack.
Politico secret tape Mitch McConnell aides discuss Ashley Judd.
The courier journal senator Mitch McConnell staff discuss whack a -- attacks on Ashley -- other foes in recording.
Joining me now for perspective on all this Tony -- at Fox News contributor Mark Hanna is an adjunct professor of media studies at the new school.
And a former aide to ambassador John Kerry and president Barack Obama -- general welcome.
Yeah it's it's been -- -- there are there are two stories emerging here in one is what I say is it newsworthy.
And one is did somebody break a lot in bugging the campaign headquarters of the top Republican in the US and it.
And and let me ask you mark let me sort of flip this around now let's forget that he's a Republican.
A top US senator has his or her campaign headquarters but.
That's his claim right we don't know whether it was or wasn't we know that somebody in whom we place a public trust is telling us he was -- Is that's a story that the media should be covered whether he was the victim of a crime.
If he was in fact the victim of a crime and absolutely and -- FBI investigation comes back and reveals that he was.
Senator McConnell in fact -- then absolutely I'm sure each of those outlets that you are cited in the lead and we'll be reporting on that -- well but the fact of the matter is wait.
Wait wait wait we're gonna go through it step by step -- OK my question do you is of course of course if it is -- he was -- People are gonna tour discussed it but what I'm saying is that a tops US senator alleges.
I was a bug I am telling you this is the result of a bugging.
Wright is not not when -- When a politician when a politician deflect this story.
By trying to paint his detractors is looking bad I don't think that necessarily rises to the occasion of newsworthy.
How did knowing we have and that's our -- at how did you know that you make trying to -- -- pat you know that it wasn't -- campaign and -- -- crime.
Most political observers looking at the quality of the -- suspect that it was in fact a leak from his staff.
There's no evidence that of a -- even the campaign manager for Mitch McConnell told.
I believe it was Chuck Todd this morning that he did this week they did a sweep of the entire office and found no traces of bug so that's why they're calling in the FBI -- They are also and I think that nobody in their campaign would have -- that this is -- -- are all people who worked closely with the senator for years.
Iso socket milestones are -- jail sentence of Tony you know mark does not think it's a story because he thinks most political observers believe this was not a bug I want ask you the reverse is it.
Is it a story that you've got a top US senator on tape.
Talking about opposition research against a well known Hollywood actors and possible political candidate.
And plans to attack among other things her mental state in history of suicide attempt.
No absolutely not -- look mark and I both have had a history of working on campaigns I think both of us would be completely hypocritical we -- watch your show Megan.
And being outraged that there are some salty talk -- open brainstorming discussions on potential attack lines.
To our opposition number one number two to my knowledge and everything I've read.
Doesn't show that it was senator McConnell himself from -- these -- -- he was an area he wasn't ready wasn't objecting and here's here's the bite.
Up there on the story here's the bite that's getting him in some trouble with some people where there where one of his -- is talking about going after Ashley -- -- Mental.
And her history on this issue here here's the -- -- Go into -- normal part of your.
-- hospitalized 43 days until you know right now.
-- -- -- Is any of that not factually true and even if it weren't.
This was a private conversely if you if -- enabled -- -- spectacular was it a political issue that progress of Kentucky put out the fact that.
McDonnell's wife is Chinese and maybe that's why she has is here and he supports policies outsourcing jobs to China mark.
No these are all parts of the unfortunate side.
Of a business you and I both know very well and aren't living there.
I wish that didn't -- -- -- because you actually weren't aid to the Kerry presidential campaign anti Obama particular campaign.
And I don't know how high have you work -- circles what you were in on opposition research meetings mark.
But is it in your judgment unusual to be talking about getting ugly when it comes to.
I -- -- -- every every campaign.
Every campaign pores over the legislative record of their opponents to try to find out.
You know votes they've taken that they're inconsistent with -- -- you know the values of the voters but what happened here is a low blow this is beneath the office of the minority.
Leader frankly because he's going half term Ashlee judds.
Bouts with depression religious.
You know everything and she's been very open about that she and her she -- -- she has been very open about them but what it but ostensibly what's happening here is they're using those as objects of political attack in the future.
Which I think.
Is a big distraction from the real issues that Kentucky voters are facing I mean frankly a lot of Kentucky voters are rooting for the cardinals right now after their championship wins that -- not a thing as much attention as we are.
Went out and units mark let me just as it has -- -- is it is it any lower than.
Attacking Mitt Romney for putting his dog.
On top of this car.
For a long family translating that I was out here highlighted by David Axelrod and some of the president's own -- -- supporters.
In in kind of a joking way you don't have it as the united -- Anyway without -- -- it's all good when the other side does it.
And that but that analytic you know it's like he can dish it out but you can't take it is the way it works but it -- also I -- mega look.
So does this is our business and look.
What are we talking about mark what is the story that you thank you so.
Egregious here senator McConnell said in a candidate sat in on an opposition research meeting.
Jury which negative attack lines were discussed and you expect him to be what got the moral police you know if these were pretty true -- within -- gonna be the candidate.
These -- per game number one number two you are an Obama former Obama campaign staff right do you recall the political article in 2011 that came from top Democrats and we -- going to ferociously.
Mitt Romney's personal and business.
Background you were calling government that -- I don't know all the -- bureaucrat that made it clear that up losing market.
Nothing to do it out he got it around.
Davis let me ask it -- realistically because this is an interesting situation -- at a bunch of stuff and actually jut from the sound of it.
That we didn't know she's a famous person she has an autobiography she's given tons of interviews and one of the things -- McConnell team is getting ripped for.
Is playing audio recordings.
I actually -- herself and talk about how they can take advantage of that I want to ask you BI's mark as a as a form political operative yourself.
If you how we would not it would not take advantage of a sound bites such as this one if it came from York.
Candidates possible opponent here's one of the things they listened to him here -- -- I called you American and yeah you know I come back in the country.
I believe that in airports.
Wave that packaging -- Walk the track.
In different and the good -- and you hold back.
-- anything can never anticipated -- but you know yeah.
I so we have -- beta but for our our listeners on the radio -- one of the highlight of that was.
She says -- she freaks out and airports and all the colors in the sounds as she says a lesson she came home from a trip -- I actually flipped out over.
Flipped -- when I saw pink Fuzzy spots on -- -- I can never anticipate what's gonna push me over the edge mark.
Yeah would we sit around and deliberate about something like this.
Mitt Romney putting the dog on the cars one think that's funny and it shows he's out of touch with the American people.
When you're going over transcripts of Ashley -- talking about her experience with depression her experience with physical abuse when she was a kid.
That kind of shows not just an outdated and outmoded way of you know and is consistent with these kind of caricatures of Republican thinking from the 1940s and fifties and -- had been kind of style of weigh it trivializes women it trivializes mental illness that a lot of Americans suffer with.
And what it does is it targets are in a way that's is offensive frankly to a lot of not just liberals but moderates.
Who prefer whom you know they might want to run for office that I.
I don't under king live Larry King necessary because this they don't want a threat this coming out today from some of mr.
McConnell critics saying.
Mark says it trivializes women the two Oppo research in two candidates of the -- -- were women that they discussed in the -- much more job than the other one.
But some are now saying this shows him is somehow misogynist anti -- woman well.
That's not surprising mega man if the Democrats can't play the race Carter the gender card -- what did they have left number one number two my assumption is.
McDonnell's opponent was a man he would be having a very similar conversation.
And then -- this that really kind of bothers me is mark never call Michelle Bachmann a Republican woman I'm sure one that and mark doesn't.
Like so much -- was accused of not being prepared to fit for office because she had migraines do you recall that part -- -- -- though a much more serious charge by a woman.
From the Obama campaign Stephanie Cutter is deputy campaign manager who literally went on national television.
And a lot of reasons usually -- within Romney wasn't -- -- Intimate and Mitt Romney wasn't -- never walked back do you remember the Obama campaign supporting a narrative that Mitt Romney somehow was complicit in the murder in the death of a woman because Bain Capital shut down the manufacturing plant where her husband was employed that was further -- there are horrible things are -- -- politics -- -- than what happens that the FBI is now investigating -- of them get to the -- but if ever there was a leak from the -- internal -- a -- -- about that.
And that was somehow bugging will hopefully -- know that two gentlemen thank you both -- -- -- --
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