Where’s the special prosecutor? The IRS scandal demands an independent investigation

Posted by on Jun 30, 2013 at 4:35 pm

We can only speculate on which tools will unlock the grimy secrets of this egregious misuse of government authority. An ongoing self-examination by the IRS is laughably untrustworthy. The U.S. Department of Justice also is on the case.

But as we wrote May 23, many Americans won’t be much interested in what one arm of the Obama administration concludes about the conduct of other arms — the IRS, the Treasury and possibly the White House. There are times when only a special prosecutor has the independence and credibility to resolve such a politically fraught matter.

Why hasn’t Attorney General Eric Holder appointed a special prosecutor? The White House, too, should be clamoring for one: The feds are only three months from enrolling Americans in Obamacare, a program that relies on citizens’ willingness to have the IRS even more involved in the financial details of their lives.

We applauded when Obama said he would make sure there will be no such future scandal. But lofty pledges aren’t enough. The president and his underlings ought to be instructing a special prosecutor to unravel the still mysterious scandal that confronts them today.

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One Response to “Where’s the special prosecutor? The IRS scandal demands an independent investigation”

  1. JoyO on 30/30/13 at 5:47 pm

    I have mixed feeling about the Special Prosecutor after what happened with the Valerie Plume case — where the SP learned early in the game who released the information but continued his investigation to eventually convict someone other than the guilty official at the State Department on charges other releasing classified information.

    And, isn’t the Attorney General is the person who designates the SP. If that is true, it would be like putting the fox in charge of guarding the hen house.