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-- the White House is now trying to defend itself up from three.
Potentially major scandals that could rock the Obama administration in -- second term.
The white house Press Secretary said to face reporters today at 1230 combat everybody is gonna be watching that.
And what will this racing in tea L.
Here with more on this this -- -- Carolina Republican senator Lindsey Graham member of the Senate Armed Services Committee senator good morning good to have you with us today.
Thank you good morning so what I do is work our way through these these three issues and get your reaction and and what congress might do about -- let let's start with the first one which -- the potential.
First Amendment issue of freedom of the -- The HP is raving mad about this they're saying that -- reporters and their editors in their congressional posts.
Basically have their phone records.
Investigated by the justice department of Justice Department is -- and says we take freedom of the press extremely seriously.
And we -- we have not violated anything in this case what do you think.
Well I think is something that congress should look at you know they're they're investigating who leaked classified information.
About Avaya for plot in Yemen that's an appropriate thing for the Justice Department to -- but to subpoena.
Documents to go to according get a subpoena.
For phone records of people who are supposed to report the news is the last resort there -- a lot of hurdles you have to overcome there's no other way to get information.
Other thing going after the reporters themselves.
The sounds very suspicious I think it's designed to intimidate people.
Who may come forward in the future to tell stories that the Obama administration would not like to hear.
-- volley unity talk to reporter we're gonna know about it -- effort to intimidate people and administration more than anything else.
Yeah in a while what do you think would have been the right steps for them to take -- -- certainly we've seen them.
You know asked reporters to turn over their sources before with that out of -- -- appropriate first that.
When they -- -- and Department of Justice you do these things and from what I understand they kind of just went to the last.
And again this is a pretty.
Obvious effort to -- intimidate people within the administration that were watching you -- gonna watch and talk to.
But this is where congress has an oversight function and I hope will perform.
All right let let us talk about the second issue which really goes to the honesty and integrity of our taxation system in the United States of America.
Which is a pretty important sacrosanct thing you have to feel that you're -- on a level playing field.
When you pay your taxes and we knew.
Apply for tax exempt status which is what these organizations did.
Yesterday we talked about this and it appeared that it was based in the Cincinnati office today we're learning.
That offices in Washington in two offices in California also had wind of this situation.
What about that.
Well I think you're handing power given to the Obama administration by the American people.
Being abused this is not the first time that the IRS has been used.
For political reprisal but clearly.
They're impeding the efforts conservative groups to form unite in convey a message they're using the power of Internal Revenue Service for the benefit.
-- -- -- administration politically about trying to Stonewall and silence critics.
And how this is a very big deal.
You know -- -- just my mind goes back to the issue of when the president took office of you know this is going to be the most news parent administration that we've ever seen when you look at what's on their plate right now.
And I'm sure they feel frustrated -- in the White House an Oval Office and they feel that they're being wrong in these situations and that they're being misunderstood.
But there's a lot of very serious issues that I know congress wants to know the answers to here.
And I and I do -- -- if that's some big -- he is well and I wanna know your reaction is to to the president I yesterday calling.
This investigation and discussion about the talking points he said it's a political circus.
And then it goes back to political motivations he basically told that the -- that was out there yesterday.
Get off this topic because you're you're just falling into the hands of those were politically motivated on it.
-- I think he wants I won't speak when he'd rather talk about the IRS abuses than talk about me -- IRS situation.
The Obama administration is not a victim of any -- other than their excess.
A decent power but when it comes to -- guys you've got four dead Americans and this is a story of manipulation by the government with the president being complicit.
But trying to tell a story seven weeks before an election.
That was politically beneficial to the White House the did not represent the facts on the ground.
Manipulating the intelligence to get an outcome helpful to the election.
And before the attack it was a system completely deaf and blind to the real threat that our people face.
And being -- and during the attack was a situation where president -- -- administration.
Allowed for people to be murdered.
Attack by radical Islamist al-Qaeda affiliated groups and nobody can help them.
This to me is the story of the greatest importance of the three the costs for Americans are dead.
That's the story of -- foreign policy and the president is insulting my intelligence and the American people are suggesting he called this is terrorist attack from the get go.
That's not true.
You know we know the CIA called -- a terrorist attack within 24 hours that I and -- -- Petraeus said that he thought those talking points were worth less.
You know should the president be defending.
Those talking points because -- that's exactly what he did he -- -- -- look that's what we knew at the time but we know that that is not what they knew at the time.
The president is insulting the American people Jay Carney said that.
The changes in the talking points from -- -- intelligence generated version.
To the Susan Rice version more stylistic nature that is arrogance.
Beyond belief the president.
Ran out the clock and he won the election.
He was able to get but being -- behind him in terms of electoral politics.
But it won't go away in Mr.
President is not going to go away this is not a Fox News story this is an American story.
A four brave Americans.
By radical Islamist.
The threat is growing eve denied the threat you've got political correctness running amok -- your administration.
This is an American story of a -- people at that time of greatest need.
Allowing security deteriorate on your watch and manipulating the American people about actually how they died.
This is not going to stop this is not about -- it's not about Lindsey Graham.
It is about the -- -- administration's foreign policy failings.
We're gonna talk to shots this mother and in her case it is and -- story as you say and a very personal story.
And she'll be with us -- a little while senator Graham always good to talk to you sir thank you very much -- season --
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