Yesterday, in a conference call with bloggers, Senator Ted Cruz referred to the expected independence the DOJ must have from the Oval Office. In a Senate Judiciary hearing with Eric Holder, Cruz asked for a Special Prosecutor to investigate the IRS targeting of those advocating “taxed enough already” and smaller government. He mentions how the Nixon-Watergate case was handled. Video below.
CRUZ: In my view, the integrity of the Department of Justice has been severely compromised. Predecessors of yours in both parties, Democrat and Republican, when faced with serious charges of abuse of power for partisan gain, have made the right decision and appointed Special Prosecutors.
Elliot Richardson appointed Archibald Cox to investigate allegations of President Nixon’s abuse of power. No one would have trusted John Mitchell to investigate Richard Nixon. Likewise, Janet Reno appointed Robert Fisk to investigate allegations against President Clinton.
In an email yesterday, Senator Cruz sent the text that followed (also in the video below):
Sen. Cruz asks Attorney General Holder, “I would call upon you to carry out the tradition of independence that attorneys general have honored that office with for centuries and protect the integrity of the Department of Justice, given the political sensitivities, given the fact that individual citizens believe they are being persecuted by the Department of Justice for partisan reasons. It would further Justice and further the integrity of the Department of Justice for you to appoint a special prosecutor with a meaningful degree of independence to investigate and find out what happened, and I would suggest that any special prosecutor should have integrity beyond reproach, and not be a major Obama donor.”
General Holder responded, “I don’t think that there is a basis for us to conclude on the information as it presently exists that there is any reason for the appointment of the independent counsel…The notion that somehow this has caused a loss of faith in this Justice Department is inconsistent with the facts.”
This debate goes beyond the IRS targeting of conservatives groups (the Lois Lerner scandal, etc.), as after we learned of that abuse, the IRS proposed a new rule change that doubles down and affects only TEA-Party-minded thinkers. The rule change does not affect labor unions, trade associations and those with 501(c)(3) tax exempt status. There is a public commenting period open now until February 27th. Here’s how to leave your comment. It takes only minutes.
To leave your comment on the Regulations.gov website, go here. In the big blue-outlined “Search” box, enter this citation: IRS REG-134417-13 and hit “search.” You will be taken to this page. As of this moment, there are two items on the page. The first is one we’re interested in and it reads “Guidance for Tax-Exempt Social Welfare Organizations on Candidate-Related Political Activities.” Click the “Comment Now! button and a you will be taken to a comment box to submit your opinion. If you want to check out what is already being said, click the “Open Docket Folder” under the“Comment Now! button. See more detailed information on how your voice will be silenced here.
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