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On the back -- Hannity the attorney general of the United States Eric Holder faced a grilling on Capitol Hill today during a senate Appropriations Committee hearing.
And while this was scheduled to discuss the Justice Department's budget.
Well let's just say lawmakers did not stick to that topic instead they took every opportunity to ask about the growing scandal surrounding the nation's top cop.
The administration's use of drones and of course get -- -- take a look at these highlights.
The controversy it is embroiled -- apartment is called into question.
Its ability I believe to fairly administered.
Low -- justice.
Further -- questionable actions of the attorney general I believe of tarnish the integrity impartiality.
An effort efficacy.
The position of the turned -- The department has not prosecute.
And as long as I have the privilege of serving as attorney general of the United States will not prosecute.
Any reporter for doing his or her job it troubles me that that president.
On read -- you Opel.
Get authority to order -- killing.
That any American citizen.
Who is suspected.
Of terrorists activity.
Any kind of charge or trial.
Or -- judicial review.
With all -- respect I would say that.
It's incorrect to say that it is only in the it's in the fun.
That the president has unlimited authority in this regard -- also assure the American people he was well that I am fully engaged in that regard.
And struggles with self evaluation process almost on a daily basis I have not done a perfect job I think I've done a good job.
Early join me now is reaction author columnist and cult that was called -- -- sip.
Thank you good to -- -- I when he said that as the attorney general he will not prosecute any good reporter for doing his job.
Can you tell me one day he signed that affidavit gone after James Rosen who does that fit.
Yeah I mean I don't think you should have -- that have been a journalist well I suppose the he would defend himself by saying that's.
Breaking the law isn't part of your job but I mean if this war.
Julian a song mission trying to propel Bradley Manning to turn over.
Actual national security.
On so that a -- -- throw it up on the Internet.
Well -- that would be and an unindicted co conspirator that would be a crime and the fact that Julian Assange calls himself a journalist would be of no interest to -- From the point is here and this is the point that pass you made over and over again without her Rosen -- I'm with the AP.
-- -- -- to their phone lines case or or tapping to see where they were calling.
And that -- that the national security justification was nonsense it was bulk that is the issue here and particularly in light of the revelations today.
On about these Verizon phone calls which again in the abstract.
If they're just as.
But looking for patterns in phone numbers called not looking at the contents of the phone call.
And submitting every phone call made in America into a computer to look for patterns to look for terrorism well -- Under an honorable administration.
And even honorable democratic administration if you can think of one on the -- say fine that's fantastic we want to be protected from a terrorist attack the problem with this administration.
You know what they are cold -- is we can't trust them.
And in point of fact what we have learned particularly in the last few weeks is they care about terrorism.
On a spy on their political news.
That makes it a problem for the Verizon case for the prison case.
And for the James Rosen K so that it also make it a problem -- they kind of thought the war on terror was over.
An -- and they weren't -- -- got against it.
Exactly and it you won't run cold during the Bush Administration when they -- Getting.
Flies a court warrants soon to -- listen in on phone calls.
To -- terrorists' phone numbers on to do numbers found on terrorist computers.
On that while they would cite an actual case where this was -- what was helpful and stopping a terrorist attack public the administration give us that but no.
Bomb as as speaker Gingrich just said.
-- they have to listen anybody's phone line -- to find major -- down at Ford put it.
He had just shot up a room full of troops and -- happens to him he's paid hundreds of thousands of dollars.
But until I suppose he's convicted here this is not an administration that takes terrorism seriously what they take seriously -- -- on -- harassing their political opponents and and whether they're journalists are not.
And and any kind of power even a power but I think -- should not go too far to say that these powers.
Should not be used by an administration like I say I think they should go after someone like Julian Assange and I don't care if he's a journalist you -- is actually national security -- That -- great legal point and Andy McCarthy pointed this out in his column today and there's -- 1979.
-- Smith vs Maryland.
In a decision there and the issue of of telephone record information is very different from contact.
And then they held in that case that in fact that the content of of conversations.
Is very different so that that they weren't getting -- Protected by dry -- protected their content is protected by the Fourth Amendment the fact that you made a phone call is not.
Now that doesn't mean congress can't legislate.
And say no we're not going to give you this -- just means the constitution -- a requirement.
That doesn't require it and I must say after all of these scandals from this.
I'm unbelievably corrupt administration.
How they harassed there are they are political opponents as we found out at it just in the last few weeks particularly out of the IRS.
I think congress ought to pass a law suspending the power to even look at the phone numbers and still on late January 2007.
-- Because you cannot trust this administration right I have a what.
I have a legal question and as a relates to prison -- look PA Yahoo! Google FaceBook AOL Skype.
Where they said they were extracting audio video photographs.
That sounds to me that this is contents does that cross a line in your view.
I'm yes I -- I must say I think we need to know more ice ice.
I could be wrong but at this moment I'm suspecting of the Washington Post is wrong on that and because that wouldn't probably -- a -- -- violation a good.
And I I -- I also noticed that not article -- ten that but the one of the big.
Mean out of injured and acts.
And social media to absolutely not cooperate with the government on this is Twitter.
Which is funny because I tweet so that more people will read and I actually kind of which they were following me on Twitter.
You know its interest in the New York Times for a few hours tonight actually had it right they said the president has lost all credibility.
And then they couldn't -- it they just had to and on this issue hours later.
But you know won the opposite is the truth.
That's -- that's a big problem -- what ought to be.
Actually important methods of gathering national security and protecting a -- for my America from a terrorist attack what this administration cannot be trusted.
I mean wade well beyond I can't imagine and as you know why -- wrote a book saying he should be impeached.
I can't imagine President Clinton surrounding him with himself with people who -- it growing.
But I wouldn't engage in it -- did this didn't he getting out okay Paula Jones was -- -- probably BI -- was used.
To harass political enemies for a few years under Clinton.
But the journalists.
And and is now is the Washington Post -- telling the truth.
That's such a fish and Spanish hitting -- really going after grandma and little babies -- the TSA going through security.
Brian and Arnold this administration has lost the ability to be trusted and this is why the framers and and they didn't say this about congressman or -- -- -- you need a virtuous man on the presidencies so choose wisely next time America.
Well -- and called the decision.
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