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IRS scandal: Lawmakers fiercely demand Holder appoint special prosecutor

After many months of stonewalled investigations, "missing" subpoenaed emails, partisan bickering and uncooperative witnesses, House of Representatives chairmen from two congressional committees officially demanded on Monday that Attorney General Eric Holder appoint a special prosecutor to investigate the Internal Revenue Service's (IRS) targeting of conservative organizations and the subsequent cover-up perpetrated by IRS staff members.

When the agency responsible for collecting taxes and overseeing healthcare is corrupt, all Americans suffer.
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The two chairmen, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., and House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp, R-Mich., sent a biting letter to Attorney General Eric Holder on Monday demanding that he appoint a Special Counsel to investigate the Internal Revenue Service’s (IRS) and its rapid descent into a lawless nest of bullies and deceivers.

So far, Holder and his boss President Barack Obama have refused to appoint a Special Counsel, although they did appoint one to probe allegations of discrimination against lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transexual federal workers, according to political strategist Mike Barker.

According to the two GOP congressmen, more than one year has passed since Americans learned from alternative media sources, and not from the Obama/Democratic Party sycophants within the major news outlets, about the IRS’s targeting of conservative groups.

What angers many Americans today is the fact that no one has been Goodlatte and Camp point to several recent developments such as the revelation that a number of emails belonging to Lois Lerner, the former IRS Director of Exempt Organizations, are "missing" and the discovery of an e-mail suggesting the IRS probe Senator Charles Grassley R-Iowa.

“It is clear that appointing an outside Special Counsel to investigate this matter would be in the public interest. The American people are very concerned that their government has targeted individual American citizens for harassment solely on the basis of their political beliefs. They deserve to know who ordered the targeting, when the targeting was ordered, and why," wrote the two veteran lawmakers in their Holder letter.

Federal law stipulates that the U.S. Attorney General is required to appoint a Special Counsel, a/k/a special prosecutor, when he "determines that the criminal investigation of a person or matter is warranted."

The letter by Camp and Goodlatte also reminded Holder that:

"[T]he Attorney General is required to appoint a Special Counsel when 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, and when under the circumstances it would be in the public interest to appoint an outside Special Counsel to assume responsibility for the matter."

On May 7, 2014, the House passed a resolution -- H.Res. 565 -- calling on Holder to finally appoint a Special Counsel to thoroughly investigate the serious allegations that arguably the nation's most powerfuland far-reaching federal agency, Internal Revenue Service, intentionally targeted of conservative groups in an attempt to hamper those groups during the Obama reelection campaign.

"While Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., made outrageous and deceitful accusations about Obama's opponent Mitt Romney not paying taxes for 10 years, the IRS was involved in a covert conspiracy to silence organizations that opposed the Obama presidency. That's what I can Chicago and Las Vegas politics," said former organized-crime control detective Donald Malfi.

And Malfi believes the corruption continues with a Chicago-style cover up. In January, Holder appointed an attorney to investigate the allegations against the IRS. He chose a Justice Department lawyer who had contributed thousands of dollars to Obama's campaign and to the Democratic National Committee.

"Guess how many IRS managers and staff were fingered by that lawyer? Zero," Malfi said.