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Notes on the June 2, 2013 Broadcast of Meet The Press

June 2, 2013

All Rights NBC NewsThis morning’s Meet the Press began with a roundtable discussion about the status of the US Attorney General in a segment titled “Eric Holder in the Hot Seat.” Tom Friedman of the New York Times said, “Clearly redlines were crossed at the Department of Justice in effect criminalizing reporting.”

Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) said the Attorney General has “lost the trust of the American people.” Then in classic overstatement she added, “I think it will take a generation to rebuild trust in the federal government.”

NBC’s Tom Brokaw restored some sanity to the conversation talking about both the responsibility of the press and the role of confidential documents in any administration. He ended by saying that it was tough to see how Attorney General Holder stays in the job. “I haven’t seen a single accusation which would prevent him from doing his job,” countered Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY).

Senator Schumer predicted that the immigration reform bill will pass the Senate by July 4 and that it may get as many as 70 votes. The IRS scandal was discussed but no new ground was covered.

Next up, Congressman Mike Rogers (R-MI), chairman of the House Intelligence Committee said, “The pattern of deception administration-wide is starting to become concerning.”

Later, after a “big think” conversation covering jobs, education, and infrastructure, Congresswoman Blackburn concluded, “The biggest impediment to job growth in this country right now is the implementation of Obamacare.”

Gregory allowed Tom Friedman a few moments to comment on Syria. He argued for focusing on the outcomes we want in Syria before deciding on the means. Friedman said that if you want a multi-ethnic democracy in Syria, then arming the rebels is not the path. Friedman seemed to be arguing for international peacekeepers on the ground in Syria.

Today’s Meet The Press transcript will be here.

Also follow the show on the MTP Facebook page, track Twitter feeds from host David Gregory, Meet The Press, and Executive Producer Betsy Fischer, watch the midweek PressPass interview, and don’t forget Gregory’s blog.

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