White House Press Secretary Jay Carney faced some tough questions from CNN’s Jessica Yellin over the transparency of the Obama administration, asking him if he understands why some people might believe that the administration is “hiding something” when it comes to the IRS targeting right-wing groups.
Carney repeated that the White House is still waiting for an inspector general report on what took place at the IRS.
She then went on to ask whether the president is concerned over the large scope of the Justice Department’s seizures of AP reporters’ phone records and whether it’s indicative of a broader effort by the administration to prosecute leaks.
“[This president] has prosecuted in this administration more people for leaks than every other president put together,” she said.
Carney responded by saying that the president is a “strong defender” of the First Amendment and the freedom of the press, but has to balance that with protecting national security. He refused to comment any further when she pressed him again on what the “legacy” of his Justice Department would be.