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What -- the -- and lightning round we'll get to your vote IRS funding and just a minute but first.
We're back with the panel on the issue of reporters guidelines and what the Department of Justice came out with today.
-- attorney general met with the president for about an hour and a half and soon after that would have statement these revised guidelines will help ensure the proper balance is struck.
When pursuing investigations and unauthorized disclosures.
While these reforms will make a meaningful difference for additional protections that only congress can provide for that reason we continued to support.
The passage of media shield legislation.
Well this deals with of course the snooping and getting the phone records of our chief -- correspondent.
James Rosen on this one leak investigation.
With that our executive vice president of news Michael Clemente put out this statement.
The guidelines appear to be welcome steps.
That's said the attorney general Justice Department officials and the FBI.
Should also take full responsibility for the illegal actions taken against Fox News and James Rosen.
Of course you remember he was named as a leader or co conspirator.
And a flight risk we're back with the panel these guidelines Charles.
I think they are marked improvement because they shift the burden of proof.
From the defendant as a worthy of the journalist to the governments and the default position is that you don't issue subpoenas that you don't.
A receiver a search warrant unless you prove certain stringent conditions that's good but the whole idea of -- that was as a way to.
To paper over what really happened in the past.
The abuses of power and I would say the lying about it either to a judge ordered congress.
They are currently about changes in guidelines but he doesn't erase the fact that they have to answer for what was done which I think was illegal.
-- I think it's great that they have to inform the news organization.
When they take these steps and secondly.
I think it's really important that they have some sense of who would journalist is in the rose in case.
They were acting as if this -- not a well known.
Person with a history of performing journalism at its highest level -- -- so that was to me that was a mistake I'm hoping that this -- sufficient.
-- -- yet when when my dad was in the army he got one piece of advice from his commanding officer which was it's always better to be on the commission that says this must never happen again.
And that's sort of what we're seeing here I I think it's sort of a shame that what was kept as a sort of soft rules thumb.
Matter of discretion has to now be all the -- be codified as a way to cover the fact that these guys did wrong in the first place we should point out that I.
Don't believe that anyone justice -- White House has reached out to James Rosen.
Said anything to us that's an option.
Part of this is well second topic your vote.
-- fund and the cutting virus funding.
After all the IRS has been through still under investigation.
What about John.
I I think some of this sounds like punitive grandstanding kind of thing I would much rather go for actual tax reform.
But some things would make a lot of sense when they're talking about on the hill.
Is requiring that you can videotape you're meetings with IRS.
Inquisitor is so that they can't pull some of these games.
I'm -- -- is grandstanding I think it's sort of empty.
Clanging of a pot here because you know what viruses and popular -- anybody.
But the fact is you need the IRS in this country and why you -- waste time in this effort I don't know you need somebody to enforce the law you need somebody to collect our taxes and if people don't pay their taxes to tell -- Iraq.
I mean that you need an IRS this is no question about.
The chairman of one of the -- how Rogers said accusations of all political bias.
Current release of personal info contempt for congress and egregious waste of taxpayer dollars otherwise it's working out okay.
Look at it.
-- that is right but this is the wrong hands.
Cutting the budget is silly and small this is it a moment where you seize on the -- to the public.
If you -- tax reform.
Which among other closing glucose -- and if you limited all the complexities.
You weakened though arbitrary power of -- bureaucrats.
In the -- -- the ultimate revenge it's the ultimate good good policy.
How -- of course -- ways and means.
That's it for the panel.
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