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Tonight a credibility crisis is gripping the Obama White House says -- scramble to deal with three major scandals now we begin with breaking developments.
Related to the internal revenue service's efforts to target conservative political groups.
During the 2012 election cycle now a short time ago Fox News obtained a scathing report.
Issued by the treasury inspector general for tax audit.
-- there's 54 page document -- right here.
Absolutely -- the Obama administration and the IRS for engaging in taxpayer funded.
Politically motivated witch hunts now let's review the findings number one the report reads -- beginning in early 2010 quote.
The IRS used in appropriate criteria and that identified for review Tea Party and other organizations applying for tax exempt status.
Based upon their names or policy positions.
Another report also reveals that the IG recommended nine specific steps.
That need to be taken in order to prevent this from ever happening again in the future however the I arrest agreed to implement only seven of the nine steps.
And this did not sit well with the IG in a letter to the tax agency he writes quote.
The IRS's response also states that issues discussed in the report have been resolved.
We disagree with this statement as well corrective actions have not been fully implemented.
And the arrogance of this administration and the I arrests simply cannot be overstated.
Appendix eight of the IG's report.
Is a copy of the letter that the IRS sent responding to investigators in -- they actually deny any of this was political they say quote.
We believe that the front line career employees that made the decisions acted out of a desire for efficiency.
And not out of any political or partisan viewpoint.
Again the inspector general disagrees and says more needs to be done by the way frankly -- why.
I just minutes ago President Obama released a statement saying that the report's findings are quote intolerable and inexcusable.
And the statement from the president also reads quote I've directed secretary -- to hold those responsible for these failures accountable.
And to make sure that each of the inspector general's recommendations are implemented quickly.
So that such conduct will never happen again.
-- we Chelsea and earlier today before fox obtain the IG report to very high profile news conferences.
Or call to address all of the developing situations in DC.
Now not only the IRS targeting scandal but also the administration's decision to secretly -- phone records of the Associated Press journalists.
As wells a national security cover up that took place following the Ben Ghazi terrorist attack.
Now the dueling press briefings were held this afternoon but neither of them resulted in very much substantive material instead.
Well we saw was even more stonewalling from the least transparent administration in American history watch this.
This is a matter when it comes to the IR us.
-- it is under review by the independent inspector general.
We have not seen that report I'm not familiar with all that winning two formulation of the -- Choose from that -- other than press reports we have no knowledge of any attempt by the Justice Department seeks phone records.
Of the Associated Press.
I don't know all the -- into -- formulation of these.
Subpoena we are not involved at the White House in any decisions made in connection with ongoing criminal investigations.
Getting into matters that are beyond my knowledge they would be wholly inappropriate.
You need to have answers those questions I don't know what the circumstances -- here I think that we have to wait and see what next steps are I can't ask that question I cannot and he cannot.
Comment specifically on an ongoing criminal investigation -- he can get for you the exact date I don't know when when that was I can't.
Respondents in the specific I'm not sure about -- I don't you know the effects here.
Unbelievable joining me now with analysis former bush advisor Fox News contributor Karl Rove.
They know Karl 54 pages idea makes recommendations.
-- -- now we don't agree with that pay payroll report all right you come prepared you know what what what is it -- -- what kind of Reading material we've been fortunate tonight read every page I mean.
Yeah but hey this is disturbing.
Number one not only the conclusions of this and the investigation.
As we've been reporting but the fact that they didn't agree with the IG report write your reaction and well and.
And as you said this in the AIG was -- and they said well we're gonna we're gonna do these seven things in the we're gonna do these other things.
And the -- said the things that you propose to do are not acceptable and some of the things that you claim you're doing you're not doing so no it was a very.
Tough report now look look let's not get lost though here.
Because we're missing in a very important piece of this puzzle.
Now you don't the administration blaming this on low level bureaucrats and Cincinnati that turn out not to be true.
We now know the people to central headquarters of the Internal Revenue Service abortion were involved.
-- were miss and something else which is.
They remember that.
They were doing what people on Capitol Hill one of them to do in 2010.
The Democrat senator from Montana and chairman of the it's powerful Senate Finance Committee that oversees.
The -- Treasury Department wrote a letter to the director the IRS saying.
Go investigate these kind of groups we had Chuck Schumer.
Who's been -- around this for a number of years by 2012.
He goes out.
It gets a similar tough letter to the head of the IRS saying look into these groups to get six other Democrats to join him in signing the letter.
Michael Bennet -- Colorado the chairman of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee.
Al Franken of of mind of of Minnesota.
Markey of -- again Shaheen of New Hampshire Tom Udall of New Mexico and Sheldon White House.
Of Rhode Island and they all signed a letter to the director the IRS say you -- a very tough letter you better look into these kind of groups as Stockholm or else.
And then to Schumer goes out and gets congressman Peter Welsh.
A Vermont to get a similar letter put together in the house and it finally.
We have we have another letter set of letters from Carl Levin of Michigan the retiring Democrat from Michigan who -- very tough letters to the Treasury Department and the IRS over this says their answers are unacceptable and threatens to quote.
Taken to task.
In a hearing in front of congress -- these issues so maybe these -- these low level bureaucrats.
Aren't so low level and maybe there were influenced by -- by Democrats in the congress writing the letter saying take all these groups or else.
You're gonna face -- consequences in front of us -- one -- let's go to the.
The press conference at the White House today and then there is the I like Jay Carney is an embarrassment Jay Carney when he said there was no only stylistic differences.
In the twelve different version -- of talking points and -- Ghazi.
That was an outright lie but -- Stanley.
A complete and total life where where is it in the CIA draft we know what to CIA draft was where was the where was decent story -- that this all happened because a spontaneous -- demonstrations provoked.
But anti Muslim video where whereas said the CIA documents I don't see it I was -- there though they had as.
-- they had as true people.
That's right they had the absolute facts and this image of an end and the heads of State Department and the White House.
-- -- look we don't know precisely who did this but -- -- Saturday morning September 15 -- at the White House.
The deputy director of the CIA's told excise all of those comments now look.
I don't think that's Noland of its other State Department the spokeswoman over there I don't even think it's Ben -- the communications guy for the National Security Council.
Note neither one of those should be telling the deputy director of the CIA.
What to put in something or not to put -- something.
The question is who's -- -- who told of the taken out and who's the heavy in this drama who came up and I still can't lie that was the video.
So we got we got three big scandals now engulfing the Obama White House we've -- -- -- we got the IRS scandal.
Then of course we got the secretly seizing the phone records of the eight -- now.
The lap dog media that have never done anything but suck up to this administration.
Actually showed a little bit -- today probably only because.
It might have impacted their profession watch -- -- as compared to president.
Again I don't ever caption from president.
Obama I can tell you that people who make this kind of comparisons need to check their history is -- -- -- history happened commentary but.
You have to understand and hear how it sounds like the administration might be hiding something can you say categorically that nobody at the White House and nobody on the president's little.
We'll -- -- -- any knowledge or was involved in any way in the targeting -- Tea Party groups by the IRS yes the president believes.
Press as a rule.
Needs to be to have.
And unfettered ability to pursue investigative journalism and American morning about your -- well again I can't I can't.
Respond -- this in the specific don't know that part of it is fact it's not immediately anymore let's go back.
But that's preposterous assertion Alexis.
It in the public just shake your head and -- when he -- -- It didn't work commitments.
Even their biggest stage hands are fed up with the -- Karl Rove it's taken awhile -- -- -- -- meant.
-- has a -- -- -- -- in in this is -- this is a troika of controversies that have come together look.
I think that the IRS.
Is a scandal I think -- -- -- -- scandal I'm withholding judgment on the eight.
Yet that just yet I I think -- -- seizing the phone records of the -- an attempt to track down a promising I really can't.
-- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- I think that we if we have a dangerous leak of -- bit of information like this it ought to be found -- is security you don't secret information was shared.
-- to the HP.
But I don't think the government ought to be very careful about -- about what inning gave the phone records of the people at the -- They should work the other head -- The Who they suspect the leak could -- come from.
And take the phone records of those government employees -- -- it's terrible and out there again yet be a -- don't go out there get a hundred.
You don't editors and endowed and reporters of the Associated Press.
And secretly get their phone records for two months in order to jets actually were talking to.
That is very damaging and very dangerous I do think that the out of those tracks that lead down this wasn't in my opinion the wrong way to handle -- -- will continue to follow more details literally by the hour Karl -- thank you very much appreciate it now.
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