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Another hearing is under way with regard to the IRS today's subject is the fifteen million dollars that was spent on more than 200 conferences and a two year period and if it.
Boggles the mind.
But chairman ice has been speaking for several minutes -- an introductory comment -- had some strong words for the agency.
And accused the agency the IRS a tax invasion themselves -- -- this.
When it comes to tens of millions of dollars.
Use it in a way that is at best.
Maliciously self indulgent.
To spend more than you would -- spent by normal negotiations.
-- rooms is unthinkable for any agency.
When it's the -- arrests and they give to their own employees.
Benefits such as local employees in Anaheim.
And then failed.
To file W twos for that income.
The -- -- effectively was guilty of tax evasion.
Well currency back there live -- question gets underway for.
Who's now the head of the IRS and also the man who played Spock.
In that great -- video attribute showing over the past several they is he also testify next.
So breaking news on this now we're just -- the attorney general Eric Holder did in fact send a letter to house Judiciary Chairman Bob good lot.
About the targeting of reporters that we came after the committee's deadline he missed that deadline by about two hours.
Meanwhile the embattled attorney general will appear before the senate Appropriations Committee one hour from now.
But if there -- any doubts about it holders -- future.
He apparently doesn't have any says he will not go anywhere in this within BC.
There's some things that I wanna do some things -- wanna get done -- that I discussed with the president was I have.
Finish that I'll I'll sit down with him -- will determine when it's time to transition to a new attorney general but to be -- not stepping down now -- have no intention of doing so now.
Doug -- former advisor to President Bill Clinton Monica Crowley radio talk show host both Fox News contributors good morning to -- -- you know I've got time to go through here does that answer surprise you Monica.
There any center.
No actually it doesn't -- because.
-- -- look like he's stepping aside on the basis of pressure coming from the Republicans -- frankly coming from Democrats.
We saw that story in the New York Times suggesting that there are some in the west wing who would like to see Eric Holder go because he's becoming too much of a distraction.
But I think Eric Holder is a good friend of this president and he's a loyal soldier and as he said and I think truthfully -- he's a look I've got a lot more things I wanna do.
With regard to the fundamental transformation of the nation so.
I think I think the only person whose real opinion matters here is the president and as long as the president continues to back them up -- -- -- Do you disagree -- dug in anyway no I don't the operative line which I took from holder's comments bill was I will sit down with the president.
At the appropriate time he is doing precisely what Monica said he is sending a signal.
Both to the Democrats and the Republicans that the only man who matters in his future is president Barack Obama and it will be the president himself.
Not -- is people sending messages who'll determine his -- -- Kind of a defiant day yesterday don't you think.
I -- when you think about Susan Rice and Samantha Power in the Rose Garden.
And Eric Holder agrees the interview with Pete Williams and NBC -- -- I'm not going anywhere I mean Monica this is kind of like this is kind of like game on -- -- absolutely.
-- oh absolutely a 100% that was a very defiant gesture appointing Susan Rice as his national security advisor Eric Holder coming forth and saying I'm not going anywhere.
And the president saying look I'm not going anywhere and -- my prerogative still in place and this is what I am doing.
It is really throwing down a gauntlet here to the Republicans in congress who are pursuing these investigations.
Against holder in the DOJ against the IRS.
A gallon and look the big -- hearings are still coming out there with new whistle -- getting ready and preparing to to testify on not issue as well.
So this this president is saying look.
-- and get it you know knock yourselves out here but that is a very dangerous strategy we saw with President Nixon we saw with President Clinton we saw with Gary Hart.
Whenever -- -- opposition or depressed to to investigate he would check you out you know what.
They're gonna do it -- look real close but they're gonna fine.
He's called a dangerous dog is it well I wouldn't use the word dangerous I would say.
It is more defiant the president in his.
News conference approximately two weeks after the election signaled his intention to -- point Susan Rice he basically said look.
I won the election.
It is clear that my side one.
The Republicans lost.
He made it clear that there was going to be no attempt to conciliation.
And consensus building and bottom line is -- suggests the use of these developments yesterday and the appointments make it very clear he is going his own direction of the positions -- Harden your concerns right back to this.
Letter missed the deadline by two hours -- I don't know house of how the house Republicans take that Monica.
-- but it was a short letter this guy dresses very short.
What the committee last night an aide described the letter -- not.
Yes non responsive -- I mean look.
What we're seeing from hold -- in terms of his behavior in dealing with this entire issue and dealing with the House Judiciary Committee and others looking into this.
House has shown I think incredible.
A disrespect for a coequal branch of government the congress.
And -- in critical disregard for authority and the -- off here.
And the fact that Eric -- has been able to get away with it at least to this point is astonishing but I think -- not even Republicans on -- -- on this committee of -- -- enough.
Even though -- interruption thirty seconds left Doug Graham did that he still has to explain what.
The potential prosecution.
Guys for James -- him.
That was going to be my focus -- bottom line.
Used language to say well we didn't intend to prosecute him.
So the attorney general didn't tell a full so -- mislead the committee.
Bottom line bill that requires answers from the attorney general.
Before congress to clear up.
What he was doing why he was doing it and why he could sign the order and say what he did so I think we've got a lot of questions that remain unanswered we'll see him in one hour Doug thank you thank you Monica thanks he was well you bet.
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