Katie LaPotin, Red Alert Politics, May 16, 2013
While discussing the ongoing Associated Press wiretapping scandal, President Barack Obama asserted that he has “full confidence” in his attorney general, and that he believes the investigations that Holder and the Inspector General’s office will be able to successfully get to the bottom of the scandal.
The Justice Department came under fire Monday as allegations surfaced that the agency had seized the records of outgoing phone calls by several reporters and editors at the news agency.
“I have complete confidence in Eric Holder as Attorney General,” Obama said during a joint White House press conference with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. “He’s an outstanding Attorney General and does his job with integrity, and I expect he will continue to do so.”
As he did with his earlier remarks on the Internal Revenue Service controversy, Obama said that his primary concern is fixing the problem so it doesn’t happen again, adding that he wouldn’t comment on the DoJ’s investigation as it was still pending.
“My concern is making sure that if there’s a problem in the government that we fix it,” he said. “That’s my responsibility, and that’s what we’re going to do. That’s true with respect to the IRS and making sure that they apply the laws the way they were intended Leaks related to national security can put people at risk. They can put men and women in uniform that I’ve sent into the battlefield at risk. They can put some of our intelligence officers, who are in various, dangerous situations that are easily compromised, at risk.”
Obama also noted in his comments that situations like the AP controversy offers further proof about why the nation needs to pass a media shield law like the one the Administration asked Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) to introduce in the Senate earlier this week.