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Oh well -- morning everybody fireworks on a Friday the FBI director grilled about the -- targeting of conservative groups according to director Mueller.
The investigation still in its early days here is what we know at the moment the acting commissioner stepped down earlier than planned.
The woman in the center of the controversy now unpaid leave but when Mueller was asked for specifics about the whole investigation things get really interesting.
Answer we start Friday for centigrade yeah they come back anytime I'm Bill Hemmer -- into America's.
Good morning everybody good morning -- and that Martha Martha MacCallum so Ohio congressman June Jordan.
Asked the FBI director Robert Mueller about what he calls the most important case in the country right now.
But when he was pressed on some of the details of this IRS investigation it got very awkward.
The director really -- -- -- to be in the dark on much of this watch this.
Now the virus cases currently under investigation and they -- -- just started yet but what can you tell -- and he started a month ago looking at what you tell us about this have you found any any.
Have you found the now infamous two rogue agents have you discovered -- -- people are.
-- -- to say because under investigation I can't get nominated can you tell me tell me some bases can you tell me how many agents investigators you've assigned to the case.
May be able to do that I have to get back to you can tell me the lead investigator is.
Well -- I had no.
It's most important issue -- -- part of the country like sixers you don't know who's had not the case that the lead investigator it at this juncture no I do not know.
Some folks want to play.
No Molly Henneberg leads -- covers in Washington Molly good morning they're doing all of the FBI's contacted any of the groups that were targeted at this point yet.
Bill for the most part when -- these types of questions director Mueller said he couldn't comment on the investigation.
But he said he personally had not talked to any of the Tea Party groups targeted by the IRS.
And when pressed on why the FBI might have contacted Tea Party groups before the targeting scandal broke he said he didn't know.
And then there was this exchange on the state of the investigation now.
Talking about circumstances with which I am not familiar -- investigations little bit different I really can't comment on what was appropriate to this particular investigation without knowing it sitting down going to.
If I could mr.
chairman -- -- -- stop.
That's the point.
You've had and looked -- investigate that has been the biggest story in that country.
And you can't even tell me -- the lead investigator is.
You can't tell me that actions inspector general took which are not typically how investigations -- -- you can't tell me that's appropriate or not.
In some cases Muller who is stepping down as FBI director in September said he would get back to the lawmakers with some answers when he also face some tough questions on the NSA surveillance program what did he say about that reveal much.
He defended efforts by the NSA to collect data on phone calls and emails that said it was full in full compliance with the law.
And say -- if the program had been in place before 9/11.
Mueller believes the US would have been able to identify one of the nine elevenths hijackers and thwart the plot here's more.
If we have at this program that opportunity would have been there.
chairman let let me just finish -- I am not persuaded.
That that that makes it okay.
To collect every.
Congressman Conyers says the surveillance plan can't -- quote anything and everything though it's.
Bill Molly Henneberg leading our coverage there in Washington thank you Molly here's market with more.
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