Notes from FNC Chad Pergram:
Urgent: Rep. Jordan to introduce resolution calling for special counsel to probe IRS
Per Pergram-Capitol Hill
Fox has learned that Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) will introduce a resolution calling on Attorney General Eric Holder to appoint a Special Counsel to investigate the Internal Revenue Service’s (IRS) targeting of conservative groups.
House Republicans don’t think that the regular DoJ process can handle such an inquiry fairly.
From a Judiciary Committee source:
Earlier this year, Attorney General Eric Holder appointed a Justice Department attorney who donated thousands of dollars to President Obama’s presidential campaign and the Democratic National Committee to spearhead the investigation. Additionally, over the last several months the Administration, including President Obama himself, has publicly undermined the integrity of the Justice Department’s investigation. In light of this conflict of interest, the apparent criminal activity by Lois Lerner outlined by the Ways and Means Committee’s referral letter to DOJ, and the ongoing disclosure of internal communications showing potentially unlawful conduct by Executive Branch personnel, the removal of the investigation from the normal process is warranted and the appointment of a Special Counsel is in the public’s best interest.
Under current law, the Attorney General is able to appoint a Special Counsel when he or she determines that the criminal investigation of a person or matter is warranted and that the investigation or prosecution of that person or matter by a United States Attorney’s Office or litigating Division of the Department of Justice would present a conflict of interest for the Department or other extraordinary circumstances. Additionally, the Attorney General is able to appoint a Special Counsel when under the circumstances it would be in the public interest to appoint an outside Special Counsel to assume responsibility for the matter.
Original cosponsors of the resolution include House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.), Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), Ways and Means Chairman Dave Camp (R-Mich.), Congressman Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.), Congressman Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), and Congressman Charles Boustany (R-La.). Below are statements from Rep. Jim Jordan and the six original cosponsors on today’s introduction of the resolution.”
Senior Producer for Capitol Hill