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The president believes this deeply.
That the press is allowed to pursue investigative.
Journalism really he has a fierce defender of the First Amendment -- press freedom and we'll continue today.
And -- you ask me again about specific matter and I can't comment on the specifics of any ongoing criminal matter.
But if you're asking me whether the president believes that journalists should be prosecuted for doing their jobs the answer is now.
Jay Carney the White House today new information on this story in late today from federal court filing.
Ended investigation into our colleague James Rosen chief Washington correspondent.
That it went further than initially reported -- US attorney for DC has seized records associated with more than.
Thirty different phone numbers two of those numbers are associated with the White House.
At least five more numbers targeted by the government or for this building in the fox DC bureau as well as James Rosen is mobile phone.
The government according to filings involving a former State Department -- Stephen Jin -- -- accused of violating the Espionage Act for allegedly leaking classified information.
About North Korea to Rosen characterize -- in this way quote based on the foregoing.
There is probable cause to believe that the reporter has committed or is committing a violation of and then it goes into the specific -- violation unauthorized disclosure of national defense information as an -- a better and or co conspirator.
Rosen said the statement yesterday -- as a reporter -- always honor the confidentiality.
Of my dealings with all of my sources in the executive vice president of news for fox Michael Clemente issued this statement quote we are outraged to learn today that was yesterday the James Rosen was named.
A criminal co conspirator for simply doing his job as a reporter.
In fact is downright chilling we will unequivocally defend his right to operate as a member.
Of what up until now has always been a free press.
With that let's bring in our panel Tucker Carlson host of FOX & Friends Weekend here's empowers -- for the Daily Beast and syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer.
Okay Charles -- I repeat Jay Carney is underpaid.
-- is saying that president.
But didn't I save the administration which is just trash the the First Amendment but he can't talk about it because it's under investigation will be in the off season -- -- There's a believer in the First Amendment.
-- is -- trashing of the First Amendment because as you said.
They said that James Rosen and presented this to the court was a co conspirator why.
Because that's the only way in which you came in -- His email in his other contact.
If you can save the person involved is under criminal investigation.
The reason it's a travesty is -- it's a ruse there was no chance of that ever happening it's unprecedented.
The only possible exceptions of pursuit of Neil Sheehan.
Who leaked the Pentagon papers that Nixon tried to prosecute and then gave up because it wasn't going to succeed.
We have never had a case.
Seeking other journalists seeking information.
Being accused of a crime so they set it up as if he's gonna be accused of a crime.
And of course he hasn't but it was a way to get.
And invade the email in a way that you can't if -- suggest looking into a journalist and that is a travesty and -- of course we understand.
That the administration is a huge supporter of the First Amendment and the rights of the press.
If you sell a lot of reporters a lot of organizations have put out statements.
In support of -- in support.
I just think it's incredible he can stand up there and say that this that -- he's a fierce defender of the First Amendment what she's said before.
As the press secretary of an administration of spying on reporters and if if if he's so offended by this has been fired.
What wire has not going with us I actually haven't seen the president -- become that real outrage and -- giving lip service to it.
And I also think that he you have to remember we were focused on the media -- for media.
But there are a lot of regular people who -- whistle blowers who have had their lives turned upside down by this administration.
The same administration and who so they treat whistle blowers as criminals but then people who leak information like stocks that -- the kill Lester Osama bin Laden.
Information are heroes because they make President Obama -- looks like some super human.
You know protector of America so everything is completely upside down here.
Just one quick poll from our poll out today Tucker is the question feel you feel government is out of control and threatening your basic civil liberties.
Said government is out of control.
26% said no.
Don't feel that way.
Expect that number to grow.
I actually can't do justice of the column that -- and wrote today which I recommend to everyone -- watching which is a fantastic.
Description of how this happened but let me just -- the obvious which is -- said nothing when.
This has happened in the past over the past -- and -- -- and David Petraeus had his life destroyed because the FBI.
The Obama Justice Department broke into his personal email and leaked the contents to newspapers or by destroying this whole family.
Nor said anything it's only what happened reporters what's so very frustrating about this is the administration can and will and does hide behind.
So the attorney general said in the the US government has tens of millions of classified documents that we know nothing about it was only two years ago that the CIA declassified.
The last documents from World War I hundred years ago about secret -- and how to hide it -- starched collar.
There is a lot of information that is kept from the public for no justifiable reason other than -- period.
Here -- what they say that national security Republicans who are upset about this can't have it both ways they can't say.
Stop the leaks go after the leaguers.
And then get upset when they are doing.
I think that's what they said that's what they say and they -- That once you determine there's been a leak you can do anything we -- -- republic of laws we have a constitution we also have an understanding.
How you do this yes you can.
Go after the -- But there are regulations and rules about what you can do with the press it is not illegal for a member of the press to seek information and if you make it illegal.
Then you have you really making a huge dent in any huge assault on the First Amendment and freedom of the press which incidentally.
Is the First Amendment that's what we start with without that he had nothing.
The US attorney's office in DC said because of this case it's an open case active prosecution they're limited in what they can share the government exhausted they said all reasonable non media alternatives.
For collecting this evidence before seeking court approval for search warrant.
Based on the investigation and all the facts -- to date no other individuals including the reporter had been charge since mr.
Kim was indicted.
Nearly three years ago.
We can report that.
James Rosen to his knowledge was never contacted by anyone which in my administrative they're supposed to do which is.
Normal operating procedure the fact he hasn't been charged I'm sorry they just days went through his team Nelson.
His private -- now on that's okay that they haven't charged my thinking -- so let's just all.
Move on yeah I just I want to go back to the fact that if they're concerned about leak curse.
So speakers of the people were leaking on the information about Obama being a Superman when it comes Osama bin Laden.
The people are being prosecuted are whistle blowers there's a difference.
The whistle blowers are doing it to try to disclose information about the government for example one released some information about waterboarding and other one has released some information about State Department abuses during.
The Iraq War wasting money that's whistle blowing.
Leaking is what the Obama administration does to make the president look better and nobody gets prosecuted for that.
Remember when I -- I -- point out 1 morning and you know we said the different numbers.
We have the documents now and the -- -- records.
Also relate to James.
Parents' home in Staten Island it's on it's it's unbelievable but this began when.
The administration tried to read Fox News out of the white house press -- you had a politician.
Determining what is and what is not a news organization and by and large the -- stood still -- allow that to happen by the way show actress and a terrific reporter CBS has been I think doing great work.
Is reporting that she believes her from personal computer was compromised we don't know by whom but it does suggest that the -- story may grow a lot bigger before --
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