In The Wall Street Journal today Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) has an op-ed calling for a special prosecutor to investigate the targeting of conservative groups by the Internal Revenue Service. I hope he’s not holding his breath waiting, because Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) had his request for a special prosecutor denied by the Department of Justice. This is the same DOJ that appointed an Obama donor to oversee the investigation into the scandal. In his statement. Cruz released the following statement in response:
“It is the height of hypocrisy for the Obama Administration to claim that the investigator leading the investigation into the IRS’s illegal program has no conflict of interest. The investigator is a partisan Democrat who has donated over six thousand dollars to President Obama and Democrat causes. Just as nobody would trust John Mitchell to investigate Richard Nixon, nobody should trust a partisan Obama donor to investigate the IRS’s political targeting of President Obama’s enemies. Sadly, “in the discretion of the Attorney General,” Eric Holder has chosen to reject the bipartisan tradition of the Department of Justice of putting rule of law above political allegiance.
“Both Nixon Administration Attorney General Elliot Richardson and Clinton Administration Attorney General Janet Reno appointed special prosecutors whose integrity was beyond reproach; Eric Holder should do likewise. To date, nine months after a damning Inspector General report, nobody has been indicted, many of the victims have not even been interviewed, and Lois Lerner has twice pleaded the Fifth. And yet the Attorney General refuses to allow a genuine–and impartial–investigation.
“The integrity of the Department of Justice deserves better. The American people deserve better.”
Unfortunately, this is just par for the course with this administration.