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Senators to President: Appoint 'Outside Special Counsel' to Investigate Leaks
weeklystandard.com ^ | 6/9/2012 | DANIEL HALPER

Posted on 06/09/2012 8:48:56 AM PDT by RoosterRedux

Yesterday evening, it was announced that Attorney General Eric Holder appointed two prosecutors to investigate alleged national security leaks to the media from the White House. But now two leading Senate Republicans are urging President Obama to appoint independent "outside special counsel" to investigate leaks, instead.

"It is imperative that an independent investigation be conducted where the results could be accepted with a high degree of confidence and without a hint of political considerations," Senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham say in a joint statement. "We are confident the two U.S. Attorneys hand-picked by Attorney General Holder are fine men. However, if there was ever a situation where we needed an outside special counsel that would enjoy bipartisan acceptance and widespread public trust, it is now."

McCain and Graham go on to recommend who they think might fit the mold of an independent investigator. “There are many capable attorneys who have earned respect from the public and both parties. We strongly believe a special counsel should be appointed outside Justice Department control and influence. Someone in the mold of a Bob Bennett, who is extremely competent and enjoys bipartisan respect," McCain and Graham state.

“This investigation involves some of the most serious breaches of national security in recent memory and any investigation must be done in a manner free and clear of political considerations. The recent decision of the Attorney General falls far short of what is needed and is not an adequate substitute for an outside special counsel.”

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TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: leakgate

1 posted on 06/09/2012 8:49:01 AM PDT by RoosterRedux
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To: RoosterRedux

Can’t do it.

Obama IS the leak.


2 posted on 06/09/2012 8:51:44 AM PDT by reagandemocrat
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To: RoosterRedux

"We are from the holder justice department. We think you think obama is behind the recent leaks. Please look into the light."

3 posted on 06/09/2012 8:55:23 AM PDT by freedumb2003 ('RETRO' Abortions = performed on 84th trimester individuals who think killing babies is a "right.")
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To: RoosterRedux
I really thought the Pubs were going to go along with the Justice dept. investigating the Prez charade.

This needs to have a tough special prosecutor to pull the thread on this corrupt administration...someone not afraid to make it all unravel.

4 posted on 06/09/2012 8:58:23 AM PDT by Tex-Con-Man (T. Coddington Van Voorhees VII 2012 - "Together, I Shall Ride You To Victory")
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To: Tex-Con-Man

Giuliani.


5 posted on 06/09/2012 9:03:26 AM PDT by RoosterRedux (Sow the wind...reap the whirlwind!)
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To: RoosterRedux
Giuliani

Excellent choice.

6 posted on 06/09/2012 9:13:46 AM PDT by mplsconservative (Impeach Obama Now!)
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To: RoosterRedux
I like it, but the Dems would never go for it.

McCain is looking for a “reach across the aisle” hire. The fact that they mentioned Bob Bennett by name makes me think they already have some Dems on board. Obama is making enemies within his own party, and Holder is helping.

7 posted on 06/09/2012 9:18:22 AM PDT by Tex-Con-Man (T. Coddington Van Voorhees VII 2012 - "Together, I Shall Ride You To Victory")
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To: Tex-Con-Man

McCain is looking for a “reach across the aisle” hire.

More like “reach around” with his “friends across the aisle”.


8 posted on 06/09/2012 9:24:23 AM PDT by Common Sense 101 (Hey libs... If your theories fly in the face of reality, it's not reality that's wrong.)
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To: Tex-Con-Man

While Boneless Boehner gives Obozo a REACHAROUND!


9 posted on 06/09/2012 9:28:50 AM PDT by Dick Bachert (NOVEMBER 6th: THE END OF AN ERROR! Let us pray it's not the start of another!*)
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To: RoosterRedux

Patrick Star


10 posted on 06/09/2012 9:35:35 AM PDT by satan (Plumbing new depths of worthlessness on a daily basis.)
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To: RoosterRedux

Why waste the money on a “outside special counsel” when we already know what the outcome will be?


11 posted on 06/09/2012 9:41:32 AM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (Free Stuff or Freedom! You Decide 2012.)
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To: Dick Bachert

12 posted on 06/09/2012 9:42:23 AM PDT by Jeff Chandler (Tagline: (optional, printed after your name on post):)
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To: Tex-Con-Man

Someone who can clear their calendar and get with it immediately.....

At least they aren’t allowing the fox to investigate those in the white den.


13 posted on 06/09/2012 9:55:34 AM PDT by hoosiermama ( Obama: " born in Kenya.".. he's lying now or then?)
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To: RoosterRedux

Fox guarding the hen house.


14 posted on 06/09/2012 10:00:32 AM PDT by Bushbacker1 (I miss President Bush! 2012 - The End Of An Error! (Oathkeeper))
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To: hoosiermama

“Someone who can clear their calendar and get with it immediately.....”

I hear John Edwards has a lot of free time on his hands...


15 posted on 06/09/2012 11:14:57 AM PDT by DrC
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To: reagandemocrat

“Obama IS the leak.”

No, Obama IS A Leak!


16 posted on 06/09/2012 11:19:19 AM PDT by vette6387
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To: DrC

I heard he had an appointment with his hair dresser.....BZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ


17 posted on 06/09/2012 11:48:56 AM PDT by hoosiermama ( Obama: " born in Kenya.".. he's lying now or then?)
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To: RoosterRedux
Gee, imagine the Senate seeing an obvious conflict of interest with the DoJ investigating the Executive Branch (WH and Pentagon) for leaks of National Security information? That would be the same pathetic bunch of morons in the U.S. Senate who actually understand there is a problem here?

This is like having Willie Sutton (famous bank robber who robbed banks because that's where the money was) — rob the Last Nation Bank — and then get hired by the same bank to audit the books to find out how much was taken!

The NYT has TOLD the whole world who the people doing the leaking are: they're the White House national security team. Think Congress has the stones to go after these people and their boss? REALLY?

18 posted on 06/09/2012 11:57:16 AM PDT by MasterGunner01 (11)
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To: RoosterRedux

Sorry Senators, there is no remaining public trust in anything the Government does. F&F killed any chance of there ever being any further trust in our Government until some serious changes take place. There must be punitive measures taken in the form of repeals of gun laws to strip the Government of a significant amount of control over firearms. There must also be no wrist slapping for punishment of the perpetrators. There must be hard sentences for all involved. Only then will any trust be put in the Government again. Anything short of that just will not be accepted.


19 posted on 06/09/2012 11:59:40 AM PDT by BCR #226 (02/07 SOT www.extremefirepower.com...The BS stops when the hammer drops.)
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To: RoosterRedux

Graham and McCain huh? So all their ‘bipartisan’ Dem buddies will be chiming in too!

Yep, that’s why being ‘bipartisan and ‘moderate’ is so smart- the other side returns in kind. There’ll be lots of Dems joining them.. soon... wait for it... any minute now..


20 posted on 06/09/2012 12:04:52 PM PDT by mrsmith (Dumb sluts: Lifeblood of the Media, Backbone of the Democrat Party!)
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Does Graham do ANYTHING that isn’t approved by McCain first?

Talk about a sock puppet.


21 posted on 06/09/2012 12:15:36 PM PDT by Bratch
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To: RoosterRedux
Obama wasn't always so reluctant to approve of special prosecutors.

http://thehill.com/blogs/defcon-hill/policy-and-strategy/231867-president-versus-senator-obamas-role-reversal-on-leak-investigations

Hypocrite and total fraud

22 posted on 06/09/2012 12:25:55 PM PDT by Robwin
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To: RoosterRedux

Senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham say in a joint statement: “The love that dare not speak has embraced us in union for years. This day we publicly proclaim our devoted love for each other announce our engagement and intent to become husband and husband in sodomized matrimony. The wedding will take place in San Francisco at a date to be later announced. Aperitifs and hors douvres will be served.”


23 posted on 06/09/2012 2:52:38 PM PDT by Buckeye Battle Cry (Not Romney - Not ever!)
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To: RoosterRedux

This’ll be just like the 911 commission... the dems will block anything unfavorable to any democrat and lay the blame on all repub’s


24 posted on 06/09/2012 4:18:09 PM PDT by Duster pilot
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