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Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) says McCain's charge that White House intentionally leaked classified intel 'very serious'

The FBI is now investigating whether the White House leaked classified intelligence information to try to score some political points. It's a claim that has the White House firing back hard.

Press Secretary Jay Carney says "Any suggestion that this administration has authorized intentional leaks of classified information for political gain is grossly irresponsible."

Senator John McCain (R-Ariz.) jumped into the conversation as well, saying he would 'expect nothing else' from the White House. "The fact is that portrayal of the President in these stories is obviously nothing short of heroic," McCain says. "I don't think there's any doubt, according to Mr. Sanger, that dozens of administration officials who were involved in this."

Senator Bob Casey (D-Penn.), member of the Foreign Relations Committee and chairman of the Joint Economic Committee, talks with Soledad on "Starting Point" this morning and says the leaks should not be considered 'political football.'

When asked to respond to McCain's comment, Casey says "that's a very serious charge that's been made against the administration. I think that the proposal that Senator Carl Levin has made, chairman of the armed services committee, to have a hearing in closed fashion makes the most sense. Any time you make a charge like that, it's very serious. We have to make sure that we're resolving this in the right way."

Casey also responds to whether the Wisconsin recall election results could affect the presidential race in 2012, and previews what he hopes to hear from Fed chairman Ben Bernanke in a hearing before the Joint Economic Committee today.

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