The Hill today reports Deputy Attorney General James Cole testified there would be no need for a Special Prosecutor on the IRS targeting saga.
“It is very, very rare to use a special prosecutor,” … Cole told a House Oversight subcommittee, adding that he and Attorney General Eric Holder determined the IRS case “didn’t meet any sort of standard to warrant a special prosecutor.”
The DAG further assured the Members of the Subcommittee the DOJ was investigating the missing Lerner emails, and why IRS didn’t inform DOJ about them. Cole’s reassurances did little to appease Republicans on the committee, and apparently had no answer about one of the key DOJ investigators being a financial contributor to President Obama and other Democrat causes. Par for the course, Ranking Member Elijah Cummings accused Republicans of
“using any excuse to manipulate the facts until they no longer have any resemblance to the truth.”
Cole further said he understood why Republican lawmakers would be frustrated by the DOJ’s inability to discuss the investigation while it was going on, but assured them they would be fully briefed when it was concluded.
Folks, this is stinky. What IRS did is bad enough. It’s terrible if they did it at the behest of Democrat politicians, and it’s a helluva lot worse if they did it on their own. But what DOJ is doing threatens the fabric of the Republic itself. Didn’t meet the standard for a Special Prosecutor? Really? A supposedly neutral federal agency get caught red-handed playing politics against the political opponents of the present administration, the best investigator DOJ can dig up is a political contributor to the same administration, and General Holder and DAG Cole don’t think this meets the standard? What would then, one wonders?