[Rushtalk] House appoints special prosecutor in IRS scandal

Carl William Spitzer IV cwsiv at copper.net
Sun May 25 17:33:46 MDT 2014


More Bad News For Obama: House Lawmakers Move To Appoint Special
Prosecutor In IRS Targeting Scandal

by Sam Rolley  

House Republicans are expected to vote in favor of appointing a special
prosecutor to investigate the Internal Revenue Service’s targeting of
conservative groups because the lawmakers have no faith in an
investigation of the matter currently being handled by the Justice
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The GOP has no faith in AG Eric Holder’s IRS investigation. FILE PHOTO

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (Va.) announced the vote in a
statement Friday.

The lawmaker said that President Barack Obama, Attorney General Eric
Holder, along with other top-ranking government officials have meddled
in the DOJ investigation for political reasons. Cantor and other members
of the GOP have also noted in recent months that several top Justice
lawyers involved in the investigation are Democratic donors.
“After a lengthy and thorough investigation, the House Ways & Means
Committee referred Lois Lerner to the Department of Justice for criminal
prosecution for violating the law by targeting conservative
organizations,” Cantor said in the statement. “To date, it appears the
Department of Justice has taken no action on this referral.

“It is time for Attorney General Holder to appoint a special counsel to
investigate the IRS targeting scandal and bring the appropriate charges
against those responsible. There can be no doubt the IRS scandal has
undermined the public’s trust in our government. This is far too serious
a matter to leave to the discretion of partisan political appointees no
matter who is in the White House.”

Representative Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), who called the ongoing DOJ
investigation “a joke,” introduced a resolution calling for a special
prosecutor Friday with the backing of several top Republicans.
“The current investigation has no credibility because it is being headed
by a maxed-out donor who is financially invested in the president’s
success,” Jordan added. “This resolution calls for a real investigation
by an unbiased investigator to get to the truth and hold those
responsible for this illegal targeting accountable for their actions.”
Cantor said that he wants every member of the House, “Republican and
Democrat,” to vote in favor of the measure. Unsurprisingly,
Congressional Democrats have already criticized the effort.

“Another day, another desperate Republican effort to dredge up a
political scandal even after a year of evidence has proven otherwise,”
Representative Sandy Levin (Mich.), top Ways and Means Democrat, said in
a statement.

The Democratic lawmaker also accused the GOP of wasting millions of
taxpayer dollars on investigations in a “wild attempt” to “tar” the
Obama Administration.

The House’s special prosecutor announcement came the same day as
Republicans in the Senate went on the offensive over Obama’s Benghazi
terror attack scandal, organizing a select committee to investigate the
attack and subpoenaing Secretary of State John Kerry to appear at a
hearing later this month.


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