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There -- Thomas Charles Krauthammer is now saying that even if President Obama didn't actually know.
About the specifics of the IRS targeting of Tea Party groups he and his -- Charles says have created a climate.
That led to that here he is talking about a last night -- special report.
A lot of democratic.
Senators and others urging really heightened scrutiny about the Tea Party.
The climate -- the president of the United States.
Says that these groups are a threat to democracy.
The president of the United States and State of the Union Address announcers and the whole idea of these groups and intimate as some of them could be taken.
And undermining our electoral process.
Cited in the presence of the Supreme Court insulting -- you're working in the government do you get a sense.
You know the democratic senators are anxious about heavy scrutiny particularly of the Tea Party.
The president is in -- says it's a threat to democracy.
Since last I'm joined by Robert McDowell.
The former commissioner of the Federal Communications Commission the FCC he stepped down just last Friday so.
Congratulations and spend more time at their family -- the course of the summer -- -- -- -- here this morning.
Such -- suggested there's so much talk about -- did the White House -- -- the campaign now.
Did they put in motion this list that the IRS created which which appears to be very manipulative in its in its -- Is it Charles -- doesn't necessarily matter if if the culture is established from a top what do you think -- Silly I think you -- back all.
Almost to the Citizens United case sort of Supreme Court which are really gave the administration that the -- -- what that it was a reaffirmed.
First amendment rights including to petition your government or to speak out.
And so it's all coming back to that outrage from mayor and you bureaucracies like the media.
Tend to travel in herds and all they need -- signals for opinion leaders to stand heat and a particular direction.
And that's I think what we're seeing that they were seen the first event to come to her tonight.
You know we have to you know it -- it critics have to be specific you know in terms of what their criticism as so if they're saying well there's a culture of intimidation says senator Mitch McConnell we spoke to him yesterday and Charles -- suggesting that his opinion is that it's coming from the top.
You know what what what's the responsibility to sort of drop that connection I mean we know that there were a few things going on during the Cyrus -- talked about one of them Citizens United.
There was also Scott Brown's election in Massachusetts there was also the implementation of health care which the administration felt very.
Strongly about but do we know that there was a directive with the IRS or directive with AP reporters at James Rosen.
Well and did Charles -- -- right for so he's uniquely qualified because he's a psychiatrist and so there's a lot of groups psychiatry or psychology going on here which is to send that signal could have been at the State of the Union Address.
Where they are they famous interchange between the president and the Justice Alito shaking his head saying not so.
And and is signals such as that or are coming from senators after nurses united to the IRS and look into some of these groups so.
There is that that signaling and it doesn't take an explicit directive or smoking gun email.
To get people to move in a certain direction and I'm delighted to see the folks left right and center now are very very concerned about these tactics.
And this climate I applaud the New York Times editorial yesterday.
And on Columbia press crackdown if this is happening in any other country -- say Egypt would be calling -- a press crackdown that's what's going on here.
You know what one of the questions I have is weight when you're dealing with the herd mentality.
I it is the notion that will look everybody what we're doing is so meaning fall -- on the right side so doing we doing you have to -- it to accomplish our goals.
As Charles was saying you know the Tea Party is -- the message coming in a -- of the unions and also we have from the White House.
To a great extent it you know does it the is at the end justifies the means so don't worry if you have to you know make a list of these folks to call them out you're doing the right thing is that the notion.
Absolutely I think that's a lot of what's going on and this isn't a partisan issue you know in history to have -- history this is happening Republican administrations as well the Nixon administration a good example so after -- people can get intoxicated with their power.
I'll give you can see that in in the position and I had a -- CC.
In terms of how much power these folks actually have in the IRS is a tremendous amount of power and it can squelch freedom of the press and freedom of speech and the freedom to petition your government's very -- And -- give the son of two reporters.
And journalists and also a former commissioner for the SEC so what do you make of this this James Rosen situation here at fox.
It's absolutely chilling and it's not just fox me almost by the hour finding out may be new allegations against -- CBS reporter or maybe New York Times reporter and so this is -- dribbling out.
You -- the Obama administration has tried to prosecute.
More reporters under the Espionage -- of 1917.
Than all other presidents come behind the Washington Post revealed -- that's from George Washington to George W.
More than all those combined so why.
Is gone too far you know it is that espionage.
Part of this is is that a bridge too far I don't come back to bite them I think he needs it absolutely protect classified information I had a high security clearance until last Friday.
And you need to prosecute the -- in that regard.
But you don't go after the press you just don't do that.
Depresses the watchdog.
Feel against a government do you stand we need to be very protective of those first memorize -- same product out thanks to get out of there.
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