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-- scandals plaguing the White House all taking center stage now as lawmakers on the House Judiciary Committee grill the FBI director Robert Mueller.
As he prepares to step down after twelve years in that office.
Mueller taking questions on the NSA he also got grilled about the Justice Department's snooping scandal take -- -- The committee is investigating the use of the privacy protection act of 1980 to obtain a search warrant for Fox News correspondent James Rosen emails.
In your experience as a federal prosecutor.
As assistant to attorney general Thornburgh.
As assistant attorney general of the criminal division and as FBI director when you authorize a search warrant for a target of a criminal investigation.
What's and prosecution of that target the objective.
I I would say.
That -- quite often in search warrants.
There are -- affidavits in support of search warrants are occasions where a person will be met mentioned as having culpability.
But there'll be no discussion -- anticipation.
Has of the Justice Department got it I've got to a judge's okayed his search our colleague James Rosen is.
Emails and phone records but says they had no intention of ever charging him criminally so now.
Back to the NSA spying controversy.
The new concern today that it could be taking lawmakers' eyes off the investigation of another scandal charges of political profiling at the IRS.
Let's talk about it -- AB Stoddard she is associate editor and columnist at the hill.
It says on our money -- be in god we trust what about government these days what is all of this doing to trust in government.
Well if you look at the combination of the investigation into the attack and -- Ghazi.
What that was happening with unfair.
Additional scrutiny as a nation of conservative groups by the IRS and then of course the sort of fishing expedition.
To look in broad terms for reasons to get a search warrant in the case of James Rosen to be kept a secret.
And of course to the Associated Press as well by the Department of Justice we're seeing a lot of of reasons for the public which already had.
Very little trust in government to lose all faith.
Altogether of course the news from last week is dramatic.
People have been talking of little else since they learn that their electronic communications.
Could potentially be under constant surveillance.
For and collection for a future purposes by the government.
An effort to track terrorists now.
All of this combined obviously you makes people nervous about they look at the congress they believe the congress is really.
In a state of almost permanent gridlock and now they're looking at the executive branch wondering what.
They -- doing it should be stewards of the public trust and taxpayer dollars well so combined it's really a problem not only for.
President Obama but for the congress as well.
It doesn't mean that these investigations don't need to be pursued all of this oversight.
But I would put the NSA story in a different buckets and something like what's what -- on at the Internal Revenue Service.
Well speaking of the congress today approved something that the president badly wanted he calls it the the chief achievement of his first term in office it's known as Obama care.
The folks at political put out a piece today that really caught my eye I was astounded by the opening line it says.
Dozens of lawmakers and aides are so afraid their health insurance premiums will skyrocket next year thanks to Obama care.
That they are thinking about retiring early or just quitting.
Now the congress.
Under an amendment proposed by senator Charles Grassley has still live under the terms of obamacare that -- for staying on the rest of Americans right.
And his article says that.
Members of congress and their staffs are thinking about getting out because their health -- is gonna become so expensive now.
Well and that was one of the pictures from -- Obama and his fight to pass Health Care Reform as you remember that.
How the rest of America should have as much -- choice and and as good and strong in protective a plan -- members of congress to do.
What we knew from a couple weeks -- few months back.
Was that and suddenly those who had agreed members of congressional staff.
On the hill -- agreed in that and in that part of the law as he mentioned to live under the same rules we're still not certain of what.
They were going to be paying so if you are in and if you're forced into an exchange are you in -- black -- he worked for senator Grassley are -- in -- Iowa exchange.
Are you in an exchange in Maryland or do you see in Virginia where you live to -- your work on Capitol Hill.
That question has been answered how much is it going to cost the Office of Personnel Management house to come up with a decision about what.
Is going to costs congressional staff out of pocket they still haven't come up with that.
And said -- well how much will be subsidized and that's of tremendous concern.
As the article notes some especially congressional staff who had been there quite long and you might be less healthy than.
Then the young and want to keep their plan.
Yeah and and some of those people if they get out this year if they retire this year they can retire under the the health care plan that is currently offered to them.
If they wait until after January 1 they retire under Obama care.
And that's potentially the problem I was astounded to read this quote from not representative John Larson he's -- a Democrat in Connecticut who says congress -- to fix this they can't possibly.
Let these poor folks go under obamacare -- as if if not if if we don't fix it I think we should begin and immediate and it has briefed.
To say listen this is simply not fair to these employees they are federal -- what about the rest of us -- -- Well that's good question I mean as we know.
There are supposed to be these many dozens of exchanges more than thirty.
Set up in states that are approved by the federal government and states that have not yet -- set up their exchanges by October 1 that's less than four months away.
And we're talking about pools of the second a healthy if the young people that President Obama and his.
Administration are working so hard to and -- don't sign up into these.
To these exchanges the price goes up.
Because all of that but the insurance companies are now welcoming sick patients -- the price goes up for everybody there's so much unknown about what it's gonna cost.
Everybody the new newly insured the previously insured.
And it's it's going it's a very tough time for Democrats who know politically.
That there are going to how to defend this for the third election in Iraq do they try to make changes now or do they waited till 2050 it.
Good enough for the rest of us but maybe not for members of congress of congress and congressional -- that's -- -- just really astounding AB Stoddard we'll have you back on to talk about -- more thank you.
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