of Texas on Tuesday called for congressional involvement if Attorney General
Eric Holder fails to appoint special counsel to investigate recent national
security leaks to the media.
"If we are not going to get the kind of answer that the American people
deserve out of the attorney general and out of this administration, I think it
falls to Congress to do its own independent investigation through whatever
structure that the leadership might deem appropriate," Cornyn said at a press
conference in Washington. He was joined by Sens. John McCain, R-Ariz.; Saxby
Chambliss, R-Ga.; and Roger Wicker, R-Miss.
Cornyn Chanel Outlet Online and 30 other GOP senators
released a letter asking Holder to appoint special counsel to investigate the
source of leaked national security information reported in various news
organizations, including President Obama's terrorist "kill list" and the
administration's drone strikes.
The senators argue that Holder's appointment of U.S. Attorney for the
District of Columbia Ronald Machen Jr. and U.S Attorney for the District of
Maryland Rod Rosenstein presents a conflict of interest.
"These two U.S. attorneys, political appointees of the Obama administration,
are tasked with doing the investigation and reporting to guess who? The
attorney general, Eric Holder, who has not demonstrated any sort of
independence on his behalf as the chief law enforcement officer of the United
States," Cornyn said.
Cornyn has recently called on Holder to resign from his position because of
the Fast and Furious gun trafficking sting.
Cornyn pointed to what he called a double standard between this
investigation and the Valarie Plame incident under the Bush administration. In
the grand jury investigation concerning the leak of Plame's identification as a
CIA operative, U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois Patrick
Fitzgerald was appointed as special counsel.
"You cannot investigate yourselves and claim Chanel Handbags
you have no conflict of interest, which the administration and attorney general
Holder are claiming presently," he said.
Cornyn and the other senators suggested that if special counsel Chanel Bags is not
appointed, larger steps must be taken to investigate the national security