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Incoming Wire: A Special Prosecutor?

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From our wire …

Hi Will,

Can’t Congress appoint an independent counsel to investigate the IRS case? It seems to parallel Watergate in so many ways. The big difference now vs. the 70’s, is that our Country’s sensitivity to being morally and ethically offended were much higher back during the Watergate era – than they are now – as evidenced by the indifference and lack of respect and loss of credibility of elected officials in general.

The American people have endured so much of this from elected officials that we are in danger of becoming immune to the danger – like the frog in the bunsen burner. It’s frightening.

SIC SEZ

sic speaking

Congress can hold hearings, but the authority to appoint a special counsel rests exclusively with the U.S. Attorney General – who is currently embroiled in several scandals of his own. Prior to 1999, there was an “independent counsel” statute that permitted the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Washington, D.C. circuit to name an independent prosecutor, but revulsion in the wake of the Ken Starr witch hunt soured the public and, in turn, Congress, on this office.

There were also some legitimate constitutional questions raised about whether the office conformed with our nation’s separation of powers doctrine (which the U.S. Supreme Court ultimately concluded it did).

Bottom line? It is up to Holder (and by extension, U.S. President Barack Obama) to name a special prosecutor.

As to your conclusion that America’s cultural desensitization to corruption is “frightening,” I wholeheartedly concur …

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30 comments

shifty henry May 18, 2013 at 11:29 am

potus and his cabal plan their escape……….

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shifty henry May 18, 2013 at 11:29 am

potus and his cabal plan their escape……….

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Agent May 18, 2013 at 1:01 pm

There is no honor left in public life in this country. None.

There will be a artificial lamb, hand-wringing, and in the end nothing matters other than a rich and powerful
man got what he wanted.

Get used to it, both here and in DC. There is no honor left in public life, only the appearance of it.

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Mary May 18, 2013 at 1:13 pm

‘artificial lamb’ ?

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A Friend May 18, 2013 at 4:37 pm

I’m going to assume Agent meant “sacrificial lamb.” I hope.

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shifty henry May 18, 2013 at 10:54 pm

And in today’s news from Washington…

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TontoBubbaGoldstein May 19, 2013 at 9:19 am

Soy? : D

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Agent May 18, 2013 at 1:01 pm

There is no honor left in public life in this country. None.

There will be a artificial lamb, hand-wringing, and in the end nothing matters other than a rich and powerful
man got what he wanted.

Get used to it, both here and in DC. There is no honor left in public life, only the appearance of it.

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Mary May 18, 2013 at 1:13 pm

‘artificial lamb’ ?

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A Friend May 18, 2013 at 4:37 pm

I’m going to assume Agent meant “sacrificial lamb.” I hope.

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shifty henry May 18, 2013 at 10:54 pm

And in today’s news from Washington…

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TontoBubbaGoldstein May 19, 2013 at 9:19 am

Soy? : D

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Hahaha! May 18, 2013 at 2:52 pm

Nice letter to yourself Fits!

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Smirks May 18, 2013 at 5:33 pm

I doubt that, but the thought made me laugh anyways.

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Hahaha! May 18, 2013 at 2:52 pm

Nice letter to yourself Fits!

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Smirks May 18, 2013 at 5:33 pm

I doubt that, but the thought made me laugh anyways.

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sweepin May 18, 2013 at 5:04 pm

It is laughable to suggest that today’s citizenry is less sensitive to ethics and morality of public officials than in the late ’60’s and 70’s, particularly during the era of Watergate.

During the former era the public was stunned to learn of wrongdoing let alone be alert or attuned to the possibility of same. It was quite in contrast to today when every time some politician breaks wind a moral arbiter professing to know the only God is calling for his head. Truthfully, today’s same moralistic watchdogs take the presumptive posture that all public officials are reprobates except “their” politician.

Of course, after the obligatory appeal to God for forgiveness, today’s moral arbiters return them to public office and all is forgiven.

I find the premise outlined above hilarious. You boys ought to get out more and get a life.

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So May 19, 2013 at 2:22 pm

Spot on analysis.

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sweepin May 18, 2013 at 5:04 pm

It is laughable to suggest that today’s citizenry is less sensitive to ethics and morality of public officials than in the late ’60’s and 70’s, particularly during the era of Watergate.

During the former era the public was stunned to learn of wrongdoing let alone be alert or attuned to the possibility of same. It was quite in contrast to today when every time some politician breaks wind a moral arbiter professing to know the only God is calling for his head. Truthfully, today’s same moralistic watchdogs take the presumptive posture that all public officials are reprobates except “their” politician.

Of course, after the obligatory appeal to God for forgiveness, today’s moral arbiters return them to public office and all is forgiven.

I find the premise outlined above hilarious. You boys ought to get out more and get a life.

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So May 19, 2013 at 2:22 pm

Spot on analysis.

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hurley May 18, 2013 at 6:30 pm

Don’t fret, Ye dems. B. Hussein is not just above the law…He is the LAW…his loyal Brownshirts will rally to his defence and express OUTRAGE…yes, outrage at the prospect of a special prosecutor…I’m sure we shall see them howl “racism!” at such a suggestion…Alinsky would have it no other way…

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hurley May 18, 2013 at 6:30 pm

Don’t fret, Ye dems. B. Hussein is not just above the law…He is the LAW…his loyal Brownshirts will rally to his defence and express OUTRAGE…yes, outrage at the prospect of a special prosecutor…I’m sure we shall see them howl “racism!” at such a suggestion…Alinsky would have it no other way…

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cassandra May 18, 2013 at 7:08 pm

Relax, guys. President O’s heroes–Mao and Marx–had no problem using the government to harrass,persecute, intimidate, and exterminate their political opponents…now does Big SIS’ bullett buy-out make a little more sense?

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cassandra May 18, 2013 at 7:08 pm

Relax, guys. President O’s heroes–Mao and Marx–had no problem using the government to harrass,persecute, intimidate, and exterminate their political opponents…now does Big SIS’ bullett buy-out make a little more sense?

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mph May 19, 2013 at 1:51 pm

Yes, they will appoint a special prosecutor to look into bureaucrats asking for additional paperwork from Tea Party groups that all got their tax exempt status. They tyranny of extra paperwork! It’s just like Watergate!

Or is it for the Sunday show “talking points scandal”? Or the Justice Department trying to find out the identity of the person that exposed our infiltration of Al Qaeda in Yemen? I can’t keep up.

You people are a hoot.

Face it girls, he won the election.

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fair May 19, 2013 at 4:48 pm

Extra paperwork? Like tell me the content of your prayers…gimme 100% access to your donors…your Facebook account…your email accounts…only if you are conservative…and you may hear back from us in 3 years….if you are liberal progressive…we will call ya back in 2 weeks…no problems…just paperwok….tsk….tsk…better stop whining conservatives…if you think 3 years is a long time…just wait until your doctor recommends a cat scan….remember…we have ALL your data….

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really May 19, 2013 at 5:12 pm

You can’t keep up? Apparently Obama can’t keep up,either…Where exactly was POTUS when his Libyan ambassador was being raped and tortured? Where was the Commander in Chief during the SEVEN hour seige of Benghazi?…chilling with Reggie Love?.Attending extra-legal off the record fundraisers with key international donors?…What is Obama hiding from us?

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mph May 19, 2013 at 1:51 pm

Yes, they will appoint a special prosecutor to look into bureaucrats asking for additional paperwork from Tea Party groups that all got their tax exempt status. They tyranny of extra paperwork! It’s just like Watergate!

Or is it for the Sunday show “talking points scandal”? Or the Justice Department trying to find out the identity of the person that exposed our infiltration of Al Qaeda in Yemen? I can’t keep up.

You people are a hoot.

Face it girls, he won the election.

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fair May 19, 2013 at 4:48 pm

Extra paperwork? Like tell me the content of your prayers…gimme 100% access to your donors…your Facebook account…your email accounts…only if you are conservative…and you may hear back from us in 3 years….if you are liberal progressive…we will call ya back in 2 weeks…no problems…just paperwok….tsk….tsk…better stop whining conservatives…if you think 3 years is a long time…just wait until your doctor recommends a cat scan….remember…we have ALL your data….

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really May 19, 2013 at 5:12 pm

You can’t keep up? Apparently Obama can’t keep up,either…Where exactly was POTUS when his Libyan ambassador was being raped and tortured? Where was the Commander in Chief during the SEVEN hour seige of Benghazi?…chilling with Reggie Love?.Attending extra-legal off the record fundraisers with key international donors?…What is Obama hiding from us?

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