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Justice Department review of journalists.
Phone records and every instance you know president -- Had placed the burden of responsible.
Someplace else -- guys and talking points -- Political motivation you know.
And the IRS it's been bureaucrats at the press and the Justice Department yesterday understatement.
-- -- those matters are handled independently.
But it is a presidential administrations I wonder.
Doesn't responsibility for the home setting.
Ultimately rests with the president.
Responsibility to set -- and focused on the priorities of the American people is absolutely the responsibility of the president and you.
See and hear him do that every day.
As he fulfills his duties as president.
I think you have to separate these issues I think if you look.
At the answers the president gave yesterday.
In response to questions on one hand about the clear political circus that.
-- -- has become.
And his response to questions about the reports.
Activity by the IRS ABC.
Something different he -- clear that if the reports about.
The activity of IRS personnel proved to be true.
He would find an outrageous and -- would expect that appropriate action be taken and that people be held responsible he has.
No tolerance for.
Targeting of specific groups conservative groups it the reporting is true on this and he would expect actually to be taken.
But this is a matter when it comes to the IRS.
-- it is under review by the independent inspector general.
We have not seen that report.
It is our understanding that its release.
Is fairly imminent and once we have that report will be able to assess next steps.
So at this point we have to.
-- wait for the action of an independent.
Investigator if you will the inspector jail.
Before we can jump to conclusions about what happened.
Whether there was a deliberate targeting of groups.
And and if that's the case what action should be taken but you can be sure and I would point to the president's response yesterday.
What his feelings are about.
This kind of action if in fact took place.
On the issue.
What is a Department of Justice investigation as I understand it.
New president is a strong defender of the First Amendment.
And a firm believer in the need for the press to be unfettered.
In its ability to conduct investigative reporting and facilitate.
A free flow of information.
He also of course recognize the need for the Justice Department to investigate alleged criminal activity.
Without -- do an influence.
And as I said yesterday in my statement other than press reports we have no knowledge of any attempt by the Justice Department -- phone records.
The Associated Press.
We are not involved at the White House in any decisions made in connection with ongoing criminal investigations.
As those matters are handled appropriately.
By the Justice Department independently.
And I understand there -- a lot of questions about the reports about the FDA's actions and for my back -- and I understand them well.
But in this situation where the department appears to be conducting a criminal investigation.
It would be wholly inappropriate for me to have answers those questions I don't have them and I have to referring to the Department of Justice.
I couldn't go -- yeah that's his presidency he's worth it used to it.
But there has -- -- -- These things.
First I wonder why the president views that freezing game.
Claiming that it was great.
Well -- -- the IRS who have spoken about this obviously have much greater insight into what took place than we do we have to we have not seen the report we have not.
You know independently collected information about what transpired we need.
The independent inspector general's report to be released before we can make judgments.
Person's view of what actions were taken or what that individual -- is not enough.
For us to say something concretely happened that was inappropriate I think if you look at some of -- what what's been said you know that.
The actions were inadvertent or not or or constituted something that was specific and inappropriate or not and I think that.
What we have to do responsibly is wait for.
The independence -- inspector general's report to be released before we assess next steps but again if you look at what the president said yesterday.
He was very clear that if there was deliberate specific target.
Of groups that would be outrageous and -- would require.
In his view.
Action be taken.
And action can there be something quite.
Well I think we have to wait and see what next steps are because obviously there is you know it's significant amount of independence of the IRS has obviously as well as the NE IG and we have to we have to wait for what.
The IG -- -- before we can decide what next steps.
Might appropriately be taken.
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