Bob Schieffer challenged [House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike] Rogers to substantiate his allegations, the Michigan congressman appeared to back down, admitting that he has no actual evidence to suggest that administration officials were involved in the effort:
SCHIEFFER: We were talking about this big story of has the National Security Agency over-reached? What is your take, Mr. Chairman? Do you think the government’s done anything wrong here at this point?
ROGERS: It depends what you’re talking about. When you’re talking about the IRS and Benghazi, I think there were misdeeds and maybe criminal behavior. When you’re talking about the NSA issue, the sheer volume of oversight– and we’ve gone back and reviewed ever bit of it it’s fact that the court ordered, the court reviews it every 10 days, especially on the phone records. [...]
SCHIEFFER: I think I just heard you say you think there was criminal activity, I take it, involving the IRS? Are you connecting that to the White House? Have you found a connection there yet?
ROGERS: No. What I’m saying is the White House themselves have admitted that people in the White House knew about this behavior, and I think that investigation is still ongoing. [...]
SCHIEFFER: You’re not saying in the this point you think this is directed out of the White House?
ROGERS: No, I’m just saying the White House themselves said they were aware of the program at the White House. That was their own admission. That to me, though, the activity which the IRS engaged in I believe crosses the line into criminal activity. Wow we’re just going to have to figure out where does that end?
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