Bolder than Holder: Cruz Demands Answers from DOJ

For once, Eric Holder is conducting an investigation instead of being the subject of one. Even that’s proving to be a tall task for the U.S. Attorney General, whose agency can’t seem to put aside its political motives long enough to give conservatives a fair shake. And while accountability isn’t exactly the motto of this Justice Department, Congress at least expected a pretense of concern over the very serious allegations of conservative targeting at the IRS.

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At a hearing of the Senate Judiciary Committee yesterday, Attorney General Holder feigned interest as he listened to members rant about the DOJ’s indifference over one of the most shocking scandals to hit the IRS in modern history. It’s “astonishing,” said Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) of Holder’s lack of urgency. Despite stacks of evidence dating back to 2010, DOJ has yet to hold anyone accountable for the high-level shakedown of tea party groups applying for nonprofit status.

“In the 280 days since that inspector general report, nobody has been indicted. Not a single person. In the 280 days since that inspector general report, it’s been publicly reported that no indictments are planned. Today in this hearing, you were unwilling to answer a question whether even a single victim of targeting has been interviewed,” Cruz scolded. “Two hundred and eighty days have passed and apparently the anger and outrage that both the President and you expressed has utterly disappeared.” Holder shrugged off the insinuation that the investigation was being conducted with the same bias as the original targeting. He insisted the probe was above board and that there was no need for the special prosecutor Cruz called for. “[I know this] by looking at the facts, applying the law to the facts and reaching the appropriate conclusions.”

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