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-- -- -- -- get now to Bob Cusack who is managing editor of one of our favorite political publications that bill.
My word -- it Tom you know what -- stop this week but.
Let's let's take a long one by one that I guess the most recent one to emerge.
Is the is the AP story that Department of Justice.
Stunning to look at -- or having had looked at all of these telephone records as they.
Apparently investigated a leak on a classified subject.
It strikes me -- to some extent that some of the people complaining about this now.
Maybe the same -- -- people who complained about the leaking of classified information in the first place can you.
Can these -- -- have it both.
-- -- -- try to -- and I'm -- they don't want one of those things on on this that I think is what it's worth noting is that we we asked members.
Around June of last year when there weren't a lot of leaks getting out on national security.
And whether it was John McCain or Dianne Feinstein.
The intelligence committee.
They were saying you know you shouldn't go after journalists that you should go after these they'll leaks but you shouldn't -- -- journalists having a lot of you have the fatigue from the Valerie Plame.
Judy Miller scandal in the Bush Administration that there are other ways to go after.
These leaks and -- Republicans believe that delete these -- should go after.
But to go after journalists and that's been really plays into the Republican talking -- -- plenty of gifts here for the GOP and Mitch McConnell giving a speech on the senate floor.
They basically saying I told you so you can't trust.
President Obama there's overreach is abuse of power.
A lot of us you know what do you -- a lot of us who brought this up last year were mocked and and on editorial boards and now that the compilation of I arrests and AP.
-- Ghazi it it's a problem for the White House.
And idea and that did you mean you mention the IRS well aware.
This scandal seems to be broadening it seems to be bringing in the figures within the IRS in Washington.
Yeah -- This is it's far from over this one is -- involved.
Far from all this is gonna go on for months I think Jonathan of one of things in testimony last year and it's it's very important.
Is that then IRS commissioner Doug Schulman told the Ways and Means Committee he said no listen this is not -- we're not targeting Tea Party.
Members he was talking to respond to a question from our congressman -- -- Republican from Louisiana and he said.
That there's a process in Washington that any political audit.
Has to be approved by three career employees in Washington DC and all three must approve -- that.
Clearly ties it to Washington we've seen some documents and media reports.
Tying it to Washington as well.
Who would their supervisors who were these three career employees and and part of promise that this is at -- -- for the White House is that.
With Solyndra and fast and furious the the controversies last scandals of the first -- They were a bit complicated.
You targeting at Tea Party.
Groups and Republican groups for their political ideology and also snooping on reporters -- that's easy to understand and that and that's why.
Republicans are going after the administration going on offense this week.
But didn't need via this the whole question all who -- -- and -- with the IRS is visited so often is in these things.
The key to this but there's no suggestion as yet is that ball -- you know my hearing any are rumblings Aden in in DC that he goes beyond.
Curry IRS employees doesn't go right to -- other agency or indeed to the White House.
Yes no absolutely there is no proof that the White House was involved or was directing any of this and so that's that's very important.
But then again that's why you need to look into -- we need to investigate it.
And find out what really happened here and if it was just confined to -- career employees that.
That it did reach certainly the top officials at the RS causing the knew about it at some point but when did they know about it.
That's -- what no other interesting note though is that the Cincinnati field offices actually the club.
Of where they review -- tax exempt activities so any you know kind of suggested all these witnesses just one small office in Cincinnati that's a little off base because that's where that's that office that's in charge of reviewing these things for the entire RI RS.
And as did finally -- -- let you go bang Ghazi.
The president said Aden Aden what seemed to be somewhat irritated -- yesterday during his news conference the white has.
That this is all about politics it's a side show.
It did so on as the memories all of those Americans who died during the attack on the diplomatic facility in Benghazi Libya.
Republicans hitting back pretty strongly among them about Dick Cheney of course -- today where -- we go from here with us.
Well I I think it was a little unusual for the president to say that after.
And I heard it's not an Allen around -- -- That that this was this was one of these situations where you did have news that broke from the hearing last week so I certainly I think he could have made that -- before when Ben Ghazi was kind of dying away is a news story.
But now the big question is will Darrell ice and house Republicans.
Subpoena Hillary Clinton and and bring her back -- -- and put -- perhaps David Petraeus it was it was at the CIA at the time so.
I think Republicans want a second crack at Hillary Clinton because her claim at the time say what difference does it make work well that day in retrospect it doesn't work as well.
-- up and nobody nobody on the Republican side I guess is gonna miss an opportunity.
-- didn't take certain ladies 2016.
-- and stuff.
-- Democrats say Soledad at saint it's all about 4016.
But it is -- that this is also gonna go on for weeks and and they're gonna compete all these controversial scandals gonna compete for.
For media attention all right Bob Cusack managing editor of one off favorite political publications they know.
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