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The Insiders: A special prosecutor in the IRS matter is inevitable

Posted By admin On May 23, 2013 @ 4:33 am In U.S. News | Comments Disabled

Ed Rogers
Washington Post [1]
May 23, 2013

This administration’s management of the Obama Internal Revenue Service scandal so far consists of a slow-walking, rolling disclosure of facts; equal parts equivocation, amnesia and indignation from IRS witnesses; deer-in-the-headlights non-responses by the White House press secretary; parsed, lawyerly statements from the president himself; and now one of the central key players is taking the Fifth [2]. And all this comes from what the president claimed would be the “most transparent administration ever [3]…”

If we give the president the benefit of the doubt and assume he knows the truth is going to come out, the question remains: Does the administration appoint the special prosecutor sooner or later? The calculus inside the White House is how to best protect the president’s political interests. They have two options. They could delay the appointment and let more of the story develop, weather the ugly piecemeal disclosures [4], give the players time to get their stories straight and lawyer-up and hope Republicans continue their overreach, giving the whole affair a nutty partisan patina. Or, they could accelerate the appointment of a special prosecutor, thereby slowing the congressional inquiries and giving Jay Carney some relief from his daily embarrassing routine by supplying him with the escape hatch of not being allowed to comment on matters associated with the special prosecutor’s ongoing investigation. Not to mention, the White House all the while could blast the appointed counsel as a partisan ideologue à la the hatchet job that was done on Ken Starr.

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[1] Washington Post: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-partisan/wp/2013/05/22/the-insiders-a-special-prosecutor-in-the-irs-matter-is-inevitable/

[2] taking the Fifth: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-politics/wp/2013/05/21/irs-official-lois-lerner-to-plead-the-fifth/#comments

[3] most transparent administration ever: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the_press_office/TransparencyandOpenGovernment

[4] ugly piecemeal disclosures: http://www.politico.com/story/2013/05/the-white-houses-shifting-irs-account-91638.html

[5] Issa Says He Wants a Special Prosecutor to Probe ‘Fast and Furious’: http://www.prisonplanet.com/issa-says-he-wants-a-special-prosecutor-to-probe-fast-and-furious.html

[6] Lawyer: Zimmerman prosecutor withheld evidence: http://www.prisonplanet.com/lawyer-zimmerman-prosecutor-withheld-evidence.html

[7] Former Gitmo Prosecutor Says Trials Rigged: http://www.prisonplanet.com/former-gitmo-prosecutor-says-trials-rigged.html

[8] ICC prosecutor in contact with Gaddafi’s son over surrender: http://www.prisonplanet.com/icc-prosecutor-in-contact-with-gaddafis-son-over-surrender.html

[9] Afghan prosecutor issues arrest warrant for US army officer over police killing: http://www.prisonplanet.com/afghan-prosecutor-issues-arrest-warrant-for-us-army-officer-over-police-killing.html

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