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Meet the Press   |  May 12, 2013

Issa reviews Bush comments on administration email

House Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Darrell Issa discusses the relationship between the legislative and executive branches regarding the privacy of secured communications.

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>> i want to have you respond to something else. former president bush gave an interview this week in which he talked about e-mail in the executive branch particularly his own. i want to play that for you and then ask you about it.

>> we learned that i didn't e-mail anybody when i was president. i -- i was fearful of congressional intrusion into my e-mails. so which is kind of sad really because a lot of history's lost when presidents are nervous about their personal papers being subpoenaed.

>> that was a couple of weeks ago. congressional intrusion was his fear. now, what we're talking about with regard to benghazi does not involve a president's e-mail but it involves e-mails in what's called the interagency process, and what your critics have asked is, are you reading into something that is not there? discussions about what happened, about what the various inputs of information are? are you overreading?

>> well, we're obviously having a debate in federal court because of fast and furious in which the executive branch lied to congress and then refuses to deliver the inagency debate about how you perpetrate and continue ta lie for months. we have a basic difference of opinion with the executive branch . not a republican, not a democratic, but a basic difference. if you lie, deceive or cover-up and that's discovered, then those papers behind the scenes become very appropriate to be seen by the branch. i'm one of those people that very strongly supports that the deliberative process in the ordinary course is not something we should be asking for. but when the wheels come off, when in fact, people make a decision to give us something that's false and it's shown to be false and then particularly if there's false statements to congress, of course we have an obligation to look at it and then does appropriately include those e-mails, and in this case, you've got 12 changes. ambassador pickering has every right and obligation to look at every one of them and we have every obligation to look over his shoulder and see what was independent, what was given. now, ambassador pickering has said he's been given all of the documents and access to all of the people. well, we haven't and we're the coequal branch. he was simply acting as an appointee of the secretary.