Rep. Jim Jordan, Jason Chaffetz

Jordan Puts the Ball in House’s Court

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By Tony Perkins

If you’re looking for job security under this administration, become a special investigator. After Fast and Furious, the NSA, Libya, and the IRS, there’s no shortage of work for government probes. This administration is so knee-deep in scandal that Congress is having a difficult time keeping its oversight efforts straight. As if the call for select committee on Benghazi weren’t damaging enough, Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) announced a second vote — this one for a special counsel on the IRS’s conservative targeting.

With the investigation at a standstill and zero cooperation from the administration, Congressman Jordan is asking the House to take matters into its own hands — and out of the current Justice attorney’s (and major Obama donor) in charge. “We need this Special Counsel to help us get to the truth because the so-called investigation by the Justice Department has been a joke,” Jordan argued Friday. “The current investigation has no credibility because it is being headed by a maxed out donor who is firmly invested in the President’s success. The Attorney General says he won’t share any information with Congress about the investigation but looked the other way when information was leaked to the media signaling that no one would face criminal charges. This resolution calls for a real investigation by an unbiased investigator to get the truth and hold those responsible for this illegal targeting accountable for their actions.”

While the Justice Department continues doing the White House’s bidding in covering up the IRS’s corruption, the House is also holding a vote of contempt for the one person making a special investigation necessary: Lois Lerner. Despite being implicated by her own emails, the infamous head of the IRS’s tax-exempt division still refuses to testify on her record of systematically denying conservative applications for nonprofit status. Americans deserve to know if their own government is working against them. And if the President won’t show some sincerity on the issue, Congress must. Our deepest thanks to members like Jim Jordan, Reps. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.), Dave Camp (R-Mich.), Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.), Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), and Charles Boustany (R-La.) for trying to get to the bottom of the IRS’s conspiracy.

Tony Perkins is president of the Washington, D.C.-based Family Research Council. He is a former member of the Louisiana legislature where he served for eight years, and he is recognized as a legislative pioneer for authoring measures like the nation’s first Covenant Marriage law.

(Via FRC’s Washington Update. Tony Perkins’ Washington Update is written with the aid of FRC senior writers.)

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