Reality Check broke the IRS scandal a year ago when Tea Party groups in Ohio and 6 other states claimed the agency was targeting them
The IRS was seeking names of every board member; as well as names of family members and hundreds of printouts of FB and social networking pages from the groups
Claims of only low-level agents knew of the IRS's actions are falling apart --- Office of Inspector General states that senior IRS officials knew agents were targeting conservative groups as early as 2011, including Lois Lerner who was told on June 29, 2011
An independent, non-profit journalism group called ProPublica says the IRS leaked conservative group information to them; including applications or documentation for 31 groups, 9 of which were not approved - meaning they were not supposed to be made public.
Eric Holder says he is confident of those involved in the AP scandal investigation and has known them for 'a great many years' (great! :@@
Finally - what most of the media isn't telling you is that this president has gone after whistleblowers and leaks at an unprecidented rate. The NY Times reports that President Obama has saught prosecution of whistleblowers more than every other president in history combined.
And that is Reality Check
There are also questions about how the new whsitleblower provisions will be enforced. Obama criticized the whistleblower provision in a statement he issued when signing the bill into law.
He said the sections “could be interpreted in a manner that would interfere with my authority to manage and direct executive branch officials.” The statement said Obama will “interpret those sections consistent with my authority” to direct the heads of executive agencies to control employees’ communications with Congress if the communication is unlawful or would “reveal information that is properly privileged or otherwise confidential.”
Obama said he respected the role of a free press and voiced support for a new media shield bill, but added that he made "no apologies" for going after leaks:
"When we express concerns about leaks at a time when I have 60,000 troops in Afghanistan and intelligence officers around the world who are in risky situations in outposts that are sometimes as dangerous as the outpost in Benghazi, part of my job is protecting what they do, while still accommodating for the need for the public to be informed."
Speaking just after the press conference wrapped up, Tapper said this was not a worthy response.
"That's what every president says. Every president, whether it's Nixon with the Pentagon Papers or George W. Bush with the NSA wiretapping story, every president exerts, 'I'm doing this to keep you safe.' A lot of people in the public, they say that's enough, and they believe it, but the truth of the matter is that it's not enough of an answer in and of itself. That's why there is Congressional oversight of the executive branch. It's not enough just to say we're doing it to keep you safe, because the moment the American people cede that territory, then presidents can do whatever they want."
When Wolf Blitzer noted that Attorney General Eric Holder had said that the leak that the AP reported was a very dangerous one, Tapper interrupted, saying, "That's what they always say." He then added, "This administration has used the Espionage Act more times to go after whistleblowers ... more than every other administration combined. So this is a very aggressive administration when it comes to squashing freedom of the press."