Skip to comments.The Insiders: A special prosecutor in the IRS matter is inevitable
Posted on 05/22/2013 11:34:43 AM PDT by mandaladon
This administrations management of the Obama Internal Revenue Service scandal so far consists of a slow-walking, rolling disclosure of facts; equal parts equivocation, amnesia and indignation from IRS witnesses; deer-in-the-headlights non-responses by the White House press secretary; parsed, lawyerly statements from the president himself; and now one of the central key players is taking the Fifth. And all this comes from what the president claimed would be the most transparent administration ever
If we give the president the benefit of the doubt and assume he knows the truth is going to come out, the question remains: Does the administration appoint the special prosecutor sooner or later? The calculus inside the White House is how to best protect the presidents political interests. They have two options. They could delay the appointment and let more of the story develop, weather the ugly piecemeal disclosures, give the players time to get their stories straight and lawyer-up and hope Republicans continue their overreach, giving the whole affair a nutty partisan patina. Or, they could accelerate the appointment of a special prosecutor, thereby slowing the congressional inquiries and giving Jay Carney some relief from his daily embarrassing routine by supplying him with the escape hatch of not being allowed to comment on matters associated with the special prosecutors ongoing investigation. Not to mention, the White House all the while could blast the appointed counsel as a partisan ideologue à la the hatchet job that was done on Ken Starr. Anyway, if the president is innocent, he will end up needing and wanting a special prosecutor sooner rather than later. If he and his White House already have too much to hide, then they must clam up, cry partisanship and hope their allies on the Hill and in the media have the stamina for the long
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“If we give the president the benefit of the doubt”
Wonder what the color of the sky is in their world?
Some just have to keep Hope Change alive.
Who is going to appoint one?
But it is!
look for the most stupid partisan person they can find to muck up the investigation.
My vote is for Maxine Waters....
I give it 50/50 that one is appointed.
But not till after the mid terms next year.
I’d be more impressed if I thought they didn’t realize full well who would appoint the special prosecutor. “No, don’t throw me into the briar patch!”
Slowly, slowly, twisting in the wind.
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Michelle is reported to have planned an extended vacation
im not so sure -= some dems may want to distance themselves and say they want a special prosecutor going into the mid terms
Perhaps I’m certifiably paranoid but I believe the IRS revelations were timed to divert attention from Bengazi. The IRS matter can be resolved by firing mid level managers; Bengazi will keep Hillary out of the white house in 2016. Keep your eyes on the prize, it’s not the IRS.
This year ~ Issa just did what the prosecutor did in the case of I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby ~ he focused in on a Jewish favorite of the prevailing political elite, and got his one successful prosecution. Lois Lerner will now learn what Scooter discovered ~ that both the Democrat and Republican elites consider such people to be more than fair game ~ bet her hubby is not happy at all!
The Republican congress needs to go after the IRS scandal like a pit bull. Stay on point and make that priority number one vs. writing new bills that costs tax payers more money. Spinning this off to a special prosecutor or committee will only allow this administration to go in to full stall mode. When that happens the outcome is inevitable, NOTHING!!!!!
If they keep taking the 5th, there will be no choice but I’m not sure Holder will cooperate.
Ultimately these scandals serve to distract while immigration goes through. Game set and match
But, a special prosecutor is not independent and is accountable to the executive branch and the DOJ — So good luck with that.
This is exactly why I'm afraid of a special prosecutor in any of these events. I think it's got to come out right away, right now. Holder should be removed, and then the Attorney General's office should file charges.
It can’t get much worse.. maybe O claimed Bo as a dependent, nothing would surprise me. Look where all his Chicago buddies are,, like rezko and blago.. be a shame all his buddies do all the time.. and then there is dead fish, where was he a few years ago as this played out?
Lets put law and atmospherics aside and try to be completely practical. The imperative in the IRS scandal is not criminal prosecution. It is political accountability: to lay bare what corrupt officials have done, for the purpose of swiftly determining whether they are unfit to hold offices of public trust and whether the system in which they operate tends to corruption. The appointment of a special counsel would undermine that goal.
The moment a prosecutor special or otherwise takes over, the public flow of information stops. All witnesses will claim that the pendency of a criminal investigation means they cannot discuss the matter on advice of counsel. They will cease cooperating with congressional investigators. The prosecutor will claim that grand-jury secrecy rules bar comment about the expansive investigation (a claim the government routinely makes, even though the rules actually bar comment only by the prosecutor, investigative agents, and grand jurors not the witnesses).
The objective here should not be to throw a few corrupt officials in the can. Rather, it should be to disgrace the Regime and shatter Americans' confidence in their government and thereby gin up the votes to retake the Senate in 2014 and the White House in 2016. In order to do that, all the shocking facts must be placed before the public.
A House select committee holding a series of lengthy hearings is probably the best vehicle to accomplish those objectives.
Agree now....it will be frustrating to watch it drag on, but the facts need to get out...SOON!!
So, profiling to help little barry bastard boy is okay when democrips do it. Got it.
And they are good for exactly what. I can name one guy who is proof of that. Ken Star.
The so called special prosecutors are bought and paid for just like the rest.
I'm not buying the line from McCarthy. We saw today that people will clam up any time perjury or potential criminal charges are on the line.
These congressional hearings are completely and utterly impotent. They are very limited in their power and ability to pursue wrongdoing where ever the trails lead. They will be ignored by the vast majority of the public and all of the little peons will continue their personal conspiracies with impunity unless their job, pension, and freedom is jerked away from them - with maybe clawback of their hefty bonuses.
They need to be rolled in order to "out" the real masterminds. Justice needs to be served on the statists who believe they are impervious to the rule of law and are bringing about the death of our republic.