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Monday, July 2, 2012

Holder shuns special counsel
despite his 'contempt' conflict

GOP senators are putting the pressure on Attorney General Eric Holder to appoint a special counsel to investigate whether the White House is responsible for national security leaks.

Previously, Republicans have called for appointment of a special counsel in the Fast and Furious case. And now that Attorney General Eric Holder has been held in contempt of Congress for refusing to turn over certain documents, a special counsel would seem to be the only proper course of action.

President Obama has pooh-poohed the contempt finding as mere politics. Perhaps he is right. But, the point of appointing special, outside counsel is to handle matters where self-dealing is highly plausible. Can Holder seriously be expected to investigate whether he or Congress was correct?

"This administration cannot be trusted to investigate itself," Sen John Cornyn, R-Texas, said during a Capitol Hill press conference Tuesday. "You cannot investigate yourself and not have a conflict of interest."

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