Cantor calls for special prosecutor in IRS targeting investigation


For The Washington Post, Josh Hicks writes: The House majority leader on Friday called for Attorney General Eric Holder to appoint special counsel to investigate the Internal Revenue Service’s controversial treatment of certain advocacy groups during the past two election cycles.

Rep. Eric Cantor (R-Va.) said in a statement on Friday that an independent prosecutor should “bring the appropriate charges against those responsible” for the IRS’s targeting of tax-exemption applicants for extra scrutiny based on their names and policy positions.

“This is far too serious a matter to leave to the discretion of partisan political appointees, no matter who is in the White House,” Cantor said.

The House Ways and Means Committee voted last month along party lines to request that the Justice Department criminally prosecute former IRS official Lois Lerner for her involvement in the screening efforts. Cantor said the agency appears to have “taken no action on this referral.”

Similarly, Rep. Dave Camp (R-Mich.), the panel’s chairman, said he is concerned that the DOJ has “brushed aside this investigation and will not pursue Lerner for the wrongdoing she committed.”(read more)

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