Meet the Press   |  May 19, 2013

McConnell: Justice Dept.’s AP probe ‘needs to happen’

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky says national security leaks that threaten Americans can sometimes justify government surveillance strategies.

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>> let me ask you about these a.p. phone records. this is probably one area where i imagine you would actually be supportive of what the administration has done, despite some of the criticism because you've expressed your outrage in the past and you've pushed for an investigation of national security leaks.

>> actually, i do think these national security leaks are very important and it looks to me like this is an investigation that needs to happen because national security leaks, of course, can get our agents overseas killed.

>> so you don't think that this is a scandal plaguing the administration and are you supportive of eric holder as attorney general in light of all of this?

>> what i am supportive of is investigating national security leaks that endanger americans around the world.

>> so would this qualify, this seizure of a.p. phone records?

>> what i -- we don't know yet what has happened here. what i do think is that national security leaks that endanger americans around the world are a serious matter.

>> i'm just asking, you have no reason then to doubt or do you what the attorney general did actually did endanger lives in this case in.

>> what i'm saying is national security leaks that endanger americans around the world are a serious matter.

>> including this one?

>> any time you're leaking national security information, if it endangers americans around the world, eight serious matter.

>> i think it's clear what