During a hearing held by lawmakers in the U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday, two congressmen blasted Attorney General Eric Holder for not investigating a serious leak to a major news organization regarding the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) targeting scandal.
Rep. Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., who chairs the powerful House Judiciary Committee and and ranking Congressman Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, slammed Attorney General Holder for his department’s failure to investigate the leak to the Wall Street Journal in January 2014 and criticized Holder and the Department of Justice for their lackluster investigation and lack of criminal charges related to the alleged targeting of conservative groups by the IRS’s Director of Exempt Organizations Lois Lerner and her subordinates at the ultra-powerful tax collection agency.
During Tuesday’s Judiciary Committee hearing on the Justice Department, Congressman Jordan asked the Attorney General if he or his investigators knew who leaked this information to the Wall Street Journal and if the Attorney General and DOJ plan to pursue the criminal prosecution
of the leaker when he or she is identified.
Attorney General Holder admitted that in the past his department pursued leaks of classified information but that he failed to probe the IRS leak.
According to political strategist Mike Baker, Holder’s testimony confirmed the Obama White House strategy. “Obama’s minions drag out an investigation until it appears no one is interested in getting answers. They do it by stonewalling, releasing misinformation and disinformation, and by slowly releasing the appropriate documents to congressional investigators,” claims Baker.