Republicans demand (again) special investigator to investigate leaks
Sen. John McCain R-AZ with Sen. Saxby Chambliss R-GA, Sen. John Cornyn R-TX, Sen. Roger Wicker R-MS
June 26th, 2012
02:56 PM ET

Republicans demand (again) special investigator to investigate leaks

By Pam Benson

A group of Republican senators continued to fire away Tuesday at the Obama administration for its failure to appoint a special counsel to investigate leaks of classified information.

Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, once again led the charge at a Capitol Hill news conference, criticizing Attorney General Eric Holder for his decision to appoint two Justice Department prosecutors to investigate the recent leaks to the media.

"To think that two people appointed prosecutors from Mr. Holder's office, overseen by Mr. Holder, is also offensive," McCain said. "We need a special counsel. We need someone who the American people can trust and we need to stop the leaks that are endangering the lives of those men and women who are serving our country."

Holder responded to the accusations at a June 12 congressional hearing. He said the Justice Department and the FBI are keeping a careful eye on any potential conflict of interest, but said of the prosecutors, "We have people who have shown independence, an ability to be thorough, and who have the guts to ask tough questions. And the charge that I've given them is to follow the leads wherever they are ... wherever it is in the executive branch or some other component of government."

In recent weeks, there have been a number of national security-related stories quoting current and former U.S. officials.

One story revealed that a Saudi agent had infiltrated al Qaeda in Yemen and had uncovered an airline bomb plot directed against the United States.

Another had the details of how the United States and Israel were behind the Stuxnet cyberattack against Iran's nuclear program. The computer virus caused some of Iran's centrifuges to spin out of control.

The Republican senators derided President Barack Obama for his recent comment that he found offensive any notion that members of his administration intentionally released classified information.

"Any other administration, in my memory, Democrat or Republican, would have been absolutely apoplectic looking for the culprits, trying to find out who were the people that actually committed these criminal leaks," Sen. Roger Wicker, R-Mississippi, complained. "Instead the president is offended that someone would suggest such a thing. And frankly, members of the administration are sort of smugly happy that information come forward that appears to make the president seem tough."

White House spokesman Jay Carney called a similiar accusation "wrong and absurd" at his June 11 press briefing. Carney said the president "takes very seriously the need to protect classified and sensitive information," but indicated there was no need for a special prosecutor, that there were "very capable people in the Department of Justice" to handle the matter.

McCain read excerpts from a book written by New York Times correspondent David Sanger, emphasizing one passage in which Sanger talked about a White House trip and an invitation by a senior National Security Council official to be briefed about Iran on the hotel floor where the president's suite was located.

"Maybe the president of the United States was not present at his own suite in Pittsburgh when, obviously, the notion that his White House would purposely release classified national information is offensive is contradicted by the facts," McCain said.

The senators suggested Congress might have to take matters into its own hands if the Obama administration does not change course.

"My hope is that Congress will take up the responsibility to do what (it) is constitutionally authorized and obligated to do, and that is to investigate this matter ourselves," said Sen. John Cornyn of Texas.

No Democrats participated in the news conference, but the Republicans quoted extensively from comments made by Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein about the severe consequences of the leaks.

Feinstein told CNN Tuesday that she had no problem with Justice prosecutors continuing their work, which is already underway.

"I have no reason to believe that they're going to be anything other than forward leaning and very straightforward in the investigation which is what we want," Feinstein said.  She is concerned partisan politics might be creeping in, but wants the investigation to continue and be completed "forthwith."

CNN's Ted Barrett contributed to this report

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Filed under: AQAP • Congress • Intelligence • Iran • McCain • Stuxnet • Yemen
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    June 27, 2012 at 7:29 pm | Reply
  7. thetruth

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    June 27, 2012 at 7:27 pm | Reply
  8. Dino

    Republicans have had too much time on their hands sitting around doing nothing for the past 3.5 years. Now that it's an election year they're taking all that spare time to go after Obama. What a useless party. Why are my taxes paying for this? After Obama gets elected we need to boot out all the left over Bush-appointees and other GOP in Congress and other positions and replace them with Independents.

    June 27, 2012 at 12:45 pm | Reply
    • BinFL

      The Repubs don't know how to govern, so this is all they ever have – investigations and wasting our money (so much for their conservatism!). Guess they figure if the Fast & Furious witchhunt doesn't provide the results they want, then they'll use this "leaks" thing. Anything now to try to damage the President. Face it, that is ALL the Repubs have and will do anything to try to win back the White House. They lie, cheat, steal and pander – PATHETIC!!

      June 27, 2012 at 3:15 pm | Reply
  9. zip

    John McCain could have potentially put Sarah Palin in the White House. As commander in chief. McCain is a disgrace to his country.

    June 27, 2012 at 11:01 am | Reply
    • Hawk in Texas

      And if the truth were ever released from McCains military records you would also see that he is a traitor to the u.s.a.

      June 27, 2012 at 4:03 pm | Reply
  10. Kevin H

    Fee, fie, fo, fum, I smell the blood of a pacyderm plant on the run. How they arrived at information and leaks I may never know, but hot air and wind in Congress will blow. With billions of dollars the GOP did crow, "we've got Obama on the skids", now row, row, row. To the shores of Foggy Bottom they did row only to find that where they did crow one of their own secrets did leak to bring down Obama without sneak or peak. They put their finger on the Enter key and said whoooo weeee look at me, I'm the Emperor without any clothes but goodness me – I too have a deep throat serving me. And the dirty money went back and forth but the trail was cold due to the dearth of money I threw at the high judicial bench with friends like Roberts, Scalia and so many of the rest. They won the battle and lost the war, excoriating Obama and more but the moral of this tale my friends is never trust your enemies but less so your friends.

    June 27, 2012 at 10:25 am | Reply
  11. JH123

    Folks, I am a military member, and leaks like these put the lives of my friends and colleagues in danger. They are not a distraction. They are not about race, or the economy. They are about protecting the lives of people who are risking their lives every day to protect us all. The leaks must be stopped.
    You can believe that the Justice Department can use internal lawyers, and that those lawyers will be fair. Maybe these lawyers are honest and independent. But if the AG really wants people to trust the Justice Department, then why choose not to have an outside counsel? Isn't it worth the cost- relatively very, very small in the context of the DOJ budget- to produce an investigative result that people will accept as independent, rather than giving ammunition to the people who are already inclined to claim that this will just be a cover-up? Why not have someone who doesn't work for the Atty Gen. handle the case and avoid giving opponents something to use as evidence of a cover-up and serious wrongdoing?

    June 27, 2012 at 10:15 am | Reply
    • zip

      Yeah, you're in the military. Didn't you serve with my dog in the puppy patrol? How stupid do you think we are?

      June 27, 2012 at 10:58 am | Reply
    • Fearless Freep

      You have a military member ?

      June 27, 2012 at 11:41 am | Reply
    • Hawk in Texas

      I think i smell a lie here.

      June 27, 2012 at 4:05 pm | Reply
  12. zip

    I'm so old I remember when John McCain was thought to be a decent man.

    June 27, 2012 at 9:58 am | Reply
  13. roy

    Why can't McCain just go away and leave us alone.

    June 27, 2012 at 9:28 am | Reply
  14. patw2100

    I thought the special counsel was allowed to expire several years ago.

    June 27, 2012 at 8:54 am | Reply
  15. evensteven

    It's hysterical folks, and not the funny kind . . .

    June 27, 2012 at 8:00 am | Reply
  16. Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

    Why don't you teapublican confederates go investigate the WMD's in Iraq? Worthless racist un-American confederates!

    June 27, 2012 at 7:52 am | Reply
  17. Free Man in the Republic of Texas

    WE are the OBAMA Cartel
    WE will "investigate" our self
    WE will TELL you what if anything that we find

    YOU will like OUR answer.

    FORWARD To Life on the government plantation !!!

    June 27, 2012 at 7:34 am | Reply
    • Mike

      defund baby boomers.

      June 27, 2012 at 9:04 am | Reply
  18. hadeenuff

    This a no brainer.

    Does the president think the American people are stupid?!

    It would be like leaving the fox in charge of the chicken coop.

    June 27, 2012 at 7:31 am | Reply
    • vbscript2

      Of course he does. I mean, he was elected, right?

      June 27, 2012 at 10:44 am | Reply
    • Mike W

      CNN sure does with their stories 8-1 against Republican efforts to secure the country. Maybe it's time to revisit Freedom of the Press.

      June 27, 2012 at 11:26 am | Reply
    • DJ Reality

      It's not the president who love committees that waste time and congressional investigations that do nothing. Obama knows this country has problems. It's congress that refuses to solve our problems. They are not working in the debt. they are not working on the economy. Look at the facts. Since the republicans have be in control of congress they have do less then when the democrats were in control. Far far less.

      June 27, 2012 at 12:10 pm | Reply
  19. smithdp

    I. seem to recall McCain also requesting a special counsel in the Valerie Plame leak. (Not really). Doesn't the GOP have more jobs bills to block so that Obama can fail.

    June 27, 2012 at 5:25 am | Reply
    • hadeenuff

      Obama is failing fine just on his own.

      June 27, 2012 at 7:32 am | Reply
  20. yahmez

    The GOP is completely broken. Instead of trying to make a better America, they keep trying to prove that Democrats are corrupt. That strategy would work if the Republican'ts could keep themselves in line, BUT NO! What we have is two parties fighting over control. Neither party is working for the good of the American people. Milan Fras for president!

    June 27, 2012 at 4:42 am | Reply
    • Ron

      I think this one is going to stick though. This is much bigger than most people on this forum are willing to admit or understand. Someone is going to jail. When Dems in Congress speak out with Republicans, it's bad! This is only the beginning folks! Don't shoot the messenger just because you don't like him.

      June 27, 2012 at 12:42 pm | Reply
  21. Cathy

    Wait, I thought the GOP was going to be concentrating on jobs? What a bunch of hypocrites!

    June 27, 2012 at 2:56 am | Reply
  22. AgeofInsanity

    McCain is hopeless. The senile, old fool just can't over losing to Obama.

    June 26, 2012 at 11:31 pm | Reply
    • Gay Guy

      U democrats are strange, BUT be sure to vote,because as Americans we must all vote, so u libtards get up early on NOV.7th AND VOTE

      June 27, 2012 at 12:05 am | Reply
    • Bob the Janitor

      You're just angry that McCain won't give up on the corrupt Obama administration.

      Btw, the punishment for TREASON is death...

      June 27, 2012 at 12:19 am | Reply
      • charles davis

        Im old enough to remember 'whitewater gate". All that tiime and taxpayer money wasted by the G.O.P. for what??
        They keep trying. If they can't defeat a democtic president by fair election they will try any way..

        June 27, 2012 at 1:10 am |
  23. BADGUY

    Hey..people REALLY don't care if Holder and Obama "knocked off" 711's in their spare time. NO WAY will they vote for a guy who made his millions stealing pensions from workers...or..left a trail of broken companies is the wake of his "raids". This is all "much ado about nothing"...a "tempest in a tea pot". Let's get back to discussing Romney and how he'll steal the fillings out of the poor and middle class's teeth if he's elected!

    June 26, 2012 at 10:48 pm | Reply
    • Gay Guy


      June 26, 2012 at 10:59 pm | Reply
      • charles davis


        June 27, 2012 at 1:13 am |
      • Ted in California

        Next time get your drugs from a reputable source!

        June 27, 2012 at 4:03 am |
      • s

        Mit is real, well hate to break your bubble, I am from MASS and he totally messed up this state and when he left he took all his computers, that is called Fraud. Real please give me a break. You must watch to much FAUX News

        June 27, 2012 at 4:35 am |
      • s

        lets waste more taxpayers money on stupid special councl, should spend that money on jobs. mcCain is a old troll and needs a nursing home and let Palin be his nurse.

        June 27, 2012 at 4:39 am |
      • BinFL

        The question is...ARE YOU FOR REAL?? Good Lord, if you think Romney cares about us you are delusional. Funny how you say President Obama is a millionaire but don't mention that Romney is 200 more times so than Obama. What has happened to common sense?

        June 27, 2012 at 3:24 pm |
    • BADGUY

      GAYGUY – Mitt's a leech! You can put lipstick on a pig all day. But...He's still a pig. And..Obama made his 6 million off books. Mitt made his 250 Million confiscating it from people that actually earned it. In any other country the guy would be in jail along with Madoff. the USA, we only send people to jail that steal from the Rich!

      June 26, 2012 at 11:05 pm | Reply
      • Gay Guy


        June 26, 2012 at 11:18 pm |
      • Bob the Janitor

        Obama is the leech...100 rounds of golf and 25 vacations and America is still suffering!!!!! The sooner he and Michele are back on the streets the better.

        Obama was a "community organizer" and a "guest lecturer" before he was handed his Senate seat on a silver platter.

        Mitt is a better educated, smarter, self-made man who succeeded in a world that most people can't make it in.

        NO MORE OBAMA IN 2012!!!!!

        June 27, 2012 at 12:23 am |
  24. Gay Guy

    Why do u liberals bring up Pres. Bush and say that whites are racist EVERY SINGLE DAY? Ok so Bush is hot, get over it ALREADY, AND whites arent racist, GET A LIFE FREAKS, U GIRLS ARE BRAINWASHED

    June 26, 2012 at 10:39 pm | Reply
    • BADGUY

      And Republicans ARE racists!

      June 26, 2012 at 10:43 pm | Reply
      • Gay Guy

        Im a repub and im not racist PUNK

        June 26, 2012 at 11:02 pm |
      • BADGUY

        Ouch! That REALLY hurts! I guess I'll just slip away in shame and won't DARE to write anything else! Where'd you learn your great debating skills?

        June 26, 2012 at 11:10 pm |
      • Gay Guy

        Badguy I didnt mean to hurt u, can I kiss IT and make IT better, YOURS

        June 26, 2012 at 11:31 pm |
      • Bob the Janitor

        The race card is only played by blacks and the democrats...

        The only racists are the blacks and the democrats...

        They both hate the idea of a free and equal America almost as much as they hate losing government handouts.

        June 27, 2012 at 12:26 am |
    • vadthrawn

      The problem you are having is that the government is skewed in terms of representation. Among individual parties, the percentage of women in each party is not the same as the representatives. The percentage of Latinos, the Gay community, African Americans, young people, etc. is not represented. Thus you get the comments how they are 1) Old and 2) White. Usually it's not racist. I'm not going to sit here and say some aren't either. Our government should be closer aligned to what our population is...and not who is rich enough to run.

      June 26, 2012 at 11:41 pm | Reply
      • Gay Guy

        Ok, I agree

        June 26, 2012 at 11:48 pm |
    • manhandler1

      Boy, these right wing posters sure are intellectuals, aren't they? So these three representatives of the Old, the Pale and the Stale Party want a special prosecutor. Waaa Waaa Waaaa.

      Listen up Old.......Listen up Pale.....Listen up Stale....aren't you supposed to be working on things like programs to create jobs for this Country? Instead you want to waste millions on a witch hunt? Ok, let's do it....We'll take the money from those cushy health care plans you'all have. How 'bout it?

      June 27, 2012 at 12:31 am | Reply
    • charles davis


      June 27, 2012 at 1:17 am | Reply
    • Ted in California

      Gay Guy – As Arnold would say: You are a girly man! You are also dumb as rocks!

      June 27, 2012 at 4:06 am | Reply
    • Hawk in Texas

      Go play with the rest of the republicans but do it in a public rest room, that is where they seem to enjoy it. i guess it is the glory holes that turn them on.

      June 27, 2012 at 4:12 pm | Reply
  25. Mary

    GOP senators, go to work and see how job market can be improved? Work on student loans. We know your goal is to cause distraction and make Obama look bad so that he will be one term president. Did you guy complain when Bush administration outed Valerie Plame? Did you even raise a voice when Iraq started based on WMD lie caused the deaths of 1000 US soldiers and 100000 Iraqi civilians, not to mention trillions in war efforts?

    June 26, 2012 at 10:28 pm | Reply
    • Gay Guy

      Dear Mary, we did NOT spend trillions on iraq war, and over 4,000 AMERICANS DIED IN iraq, not 1000, your wrong facts are why dumb dems like u vote dem party, yall are too dumb to know the truth, like Hillary Clinton voted for that war as a senator, dumb dems, dumb dems

      June 26, 2012 at 10:48 pm | Reply
      • vadthrawn

        You also do not know how to form a proper sentence. I rest my case.

        June 26, 2012 at 11:42 pm |
      • Gay Guy

        I have cancer, vadthrawn, im luckly to have the strenght to hold up the phone, im just a gay repub, I think liberals are very nice or very radical, they scare me, the radical ones

        June 26, 2012 at 11:54 pm |
      • Ted in California

        You are dumber!

        June 27, 2012 at 4:08 am |
      • Cali Grandma

        Gay Guy – PLEASE get your facts straight. Bush did NOT put the cost of 2 wars n the books, something Obama had the balls to do, which is why we have such a huge deficit.
        I don't care what your health issues are, don't use it as a way to justify your errant facts.
        You sound pretty uninformed to me.

        June 27, 2012 at 10:43 am |
      • Hawk in Texas

        The democrats did not vote to go to war, they voted for a lie. the lie Bush told about weapons of mass destruction, the whole 8 years of bush and company was one big lie.

        June 27, 2012 at 4:15 pm |
  26. Harry Baxter

    Seriously, GOP. Don't you have more important things to do?????

    June 26, 2012 at 9:59 pm | Reply
    • Gay Guy

      Dont u have something better to do HARRY? Obama Holder equal corruption

      June 26, 2012 at 10:07 pm | Reply
      • GoalsG

        And all you Republicans kept quiet when Bush administration outed Valerie Plame!!

        June 26, 2012 at 11:54 pm |
      • Gay Guy

        Thats different!!!!!

        June 27, 2012 at 12:01 am |
  27. Jimh77

    Hey, GOP, people in hell want ice water. You'll all know about that some time soon. Quacks is what ya'll are.

    June 26, 2012 at 9:54 pm | Reply
    • Gay Guy

      Hey Jim, dems are dumb, QUACK, QUACK BABY

      June 26, 2012 at 9:59 pm | Reply
      • Hawk in Texas

        I thought i told you to go suck a big one. that should shut you up for a while.

        June 27, 2012 at 4:17 pm |
  28. Jeb

    The last time Republicans wanted a special council, they spent over 10 years and hundreds of millions in taxpayer dollars investigating a b j.

    June 26, 2012 at 9:48 pm | Reply
    • Gay Guy

      Hey Jeb, dems suck, R U A DEM? Just wondering.

      June 26, 2012 at 9:55 pm | Reply
      • vadthrawn


        June 26, 2012 at 11:43 pm |
    • Mary

      Yes, they appointed Ken Starr to investigate Monica Lewinsky scandal and spent 40 million dollars of tax payers' money. But, Clinton was not found guilty in the trial and all that tax payer's money was watsed. Why doesn't the GOP talk about that?

      June 26, 2012 at 10:31 pm | Reply
      • Gay Guy


        June 26, 2012 at 11:10 pm |
      • Jeb

        Gay Guy

        What did he lie about again?

        June 26, 2012 at 11:58 pm |
      • JackBeHumble

        The Senate did not convict him of high crimes and misdemeanors for staining the blue dress.

        June 27, 2012 at 12:50 am |
  29. PJ

    McCain is such a bitter old man. He will never forgive Obama for spoiling the last chance he would have to gain the Presidency. The Party of NO has to stop this nonsense and start helping our country.

    June 26, 2012 at 9:36 pm | Reply
  30. Gay Guy

    Obama is a crook, holder is crook, PERIOD, AND LIB DEMS ARE RACIST

    June 26, 2012 at 9:30 pm | Reply
  31. borisjimbo

    Let's go fishing just like Ken Starr did.

    June 26, 2012 at 9:18 pm | Reply
    • Gay Guy

      Honey if us repubs went fishing and used Obama's sock for bait, WE WOULD CATCH GARBAGE ALL DAY

      June 26, 2012 at 10:21 pm | Reply
      • vadthrawn

        What the hell are you talking about? Can you not even put an effort into linking the president to this comment.

        I'd like to use comedian Lewis Black's line with a slight modification to explain what you are doing. "It's like 6 degrees of Kevin Bacon except there's only 1 degree...and Kevin Bacon is President Obama!" Seriously, try to at least bring facts to the table.

        June 26, 2012 at 11:46 pm |
    • Mary

      It looks like that is what GOP is good at fishing and witch hunting and spending tax payer's money on things we cannot afford. Hey, it is not their money.

      June 26, 2012 at 10:32 pm | Reply
      • Gay Guy

        Mary honey, obama has spent more money we didnt have to spend than all the other presidents combined, u poor pitiful dembo

        June 26, 2012 at 11:37 pm |
  32. Smeagel4T

    King Romney, Love-Child of Wall Street, supports whatever position you support on this if it'll get your vote.

    June 26, 2012 at 8:59 pm | Reply
  33. Smeagel4T

    YA!!! Rather than just throwing out some fall guy, they need to find out who REALLY leaked the name of that CIA agent. Isn't that what the Republicans are talking about?

    June 26, 2012 at 8:55 pm | Reply
  34. Larry L

    This is the same Republican Party that spent 94 million dollars investigating Bill Clinton's BJ. How about if they do some work to create some "regular jobs"?

    June 26, 2012 at 8:29 pm | Reply
    • Gay Guy

      Larry whats all this talk about bj's, I dont understand! But I do know Obama and holder are crooks

      June 26, 2012 at 10:04 pm | Reply
      • Cali Grandma

        And, Gay Guy equals IDIOT

        June 27, 2012 at 10:52 am |
  35. just wondering

    BS in BS out same oh same oh, ELECTION TIME

    June 26, 2012 at 8:21 pm | Reply
  36. Radgast

    special council would be ideal, except they abused it last time, I would ever give them that kind of free reign again

    June 26, 2012 at 8:06 pm | Reply
    • just wondering

      How many MILLION;s would it cost and would it ever end

      June 26, 2012 at 8:22 pm | Reply
  37. nopenotbuyingit

    The way these lib demotards think.. dohbumma could commit the worst crime in us history.. and if the GOP (or anyone for that matter) wanted an investigation.. we would all be claimed as racist, anti american, partisan, etc.. and so forth..

    Let the libt#rds think what ever they want.. keep pushing for it expose their foolishness. All this other stuff, immigration, holder, etc.. is a setup to take away from the Real issues.. and keep everyone talking about that instead of the Nov elections..

    June 26, 2012 at 8:05 pm | Reply
    • Ryan

      What a well thought out, articulate and individually conceived stance.

      June 26, 2012 at 9:03 pm | Reply
    • borisjimbo

      I don't suppose you could express the same thoughts without all the name calling, could you?

      June 26, 2012 at 9:19 pm | Reply
  38. Hawk in Texas

    Four of the sorriest republican congressmen that are still in office. if they want an investigation so bad let them pay for it. not the poor and middle class working people. their idea of a special investigator is another republican. remembe ken starr.

    June 26, 2012 at 7:52 pm | Reply
    • Mary

      Yes, I will go for that; Let the GOP with their SuperPAC pay for the trial and not from tax payer's money.

      June 26, 2012 at 10:36 pm | Reply
  39. livingston1

    Awww, they want a special prosecutor. Isn't that nice. I want a pony but unfortunately neither of us will get what we want. The only difference is that I realize that stomping my feet and holding my breath will change nothing. In other words – I grew up and they should try it. In life things don't always go your way just because you can yell the loudest. You also have to be right.

    June 26, 2012 at 7:52 pm | Reply
  40. whitewabbit

    Obama must thank God every day for Bush. If it were not for Bush – he and his supporters would have to explain their shortcomings.......

    Partisan or not – loose lips sink ships..... now if the Dem lemmings can think for themselves for a moment – maybe all of us will not go over the cliff together.

    Who cares what Bush did or what he got away with – it doesn’t make a difference to what is right and wrong. Comments sound like a bunch of children

    June 26, 2012 at 7:50 pm | Reply
    • Rick

      thats all the dems do is complain and blame someone else for the problems we have! just looking at the posts on here i rest my case

      June 27, 2012 at 9:30 am | Reply
  41. Portland tony

    Outside of being "appalled" and gathering for photo ops, these denizens of democracy should try and find out where the American middle class "leaked " to. I figure America has two good election cycles left during which the politicians better get their act together. If not it will be "American Spring" in the good old USA.

    June 26, 2012 at 6:54 pm | Reply
  42. Bootstomper

    This picture says it all,old white and out of touch.

    June 26, 2012 at 6:16 pm | Reply
    • cas

      I had someone say to me yesterday how short Americas memorie span is. Anyone remember that idiot "George W Bush" that left a mess there for 8 years?? Jesus!! As a matter of fact Jesus would have a problem fixing the crap he set us in.

      June 26, 2012 at 6:29 pm | Reply
    • db

      Perfect description.

      June 26, 2012 at 7:42 pm | Reply
    • Hawk in Texas

      The last time this bunch of republicans wanted a special investigator we ended up with a partisan hack named kenneth starr that found nothing in white water and ended up costing the tax payers 52 million dollars.

      June 26, 2012 at 7:45 pm | Reply
      • Gary

        I definitely remember what a farce that was. They would probably want to cut SS also to pay for the prosecuter too. Ken Star was the same witch hunt just that they used a special counsel so it looked like it wasn't them doing the hunting but it didn't work and wasted a fortune.

        June 27, 2012 at 1:52 am |
    • Gay Guy


      June 26, 2012 at 9:44 pm | Reply
      • charles davis


        June 27, 2012 at 1:28 am |
    • Mary

      Why don;t they investigate the WMD lie that got us into Iraq war?

      June 26, 2012 at 10:37 pm | Reply
      • Gay Guy

        But mary thats the war Hillary and the dems voted for and gave bush permission to fight

        June 26, 2012 at 11:44 pm |
  43. Dave

    OK. These fools have their panties in twist about the deficit and about us borrowing 40 to 50 cents on every dollar to fund government. What would it cost to have this special investigator in place and how much has already cost us to have this politically motivated investigation of the fast-and-furious program. Probably 50 to 75 million. So these Republican fools who are "so outraged about the deficit" think it fine to borrow 25 to 38 million from China to satisfy their egos and political agenda which has nothing to do with creating jobs for the struggling middle class.

    June 26, 2012 at 5:21 pm | Reply
    • cas

      Well put, once again a tired old antiquated style of government that clearly does not work anymore, it is broken, its damaged. Our Government spends all , ALL of their time trying to bring down the other party, thats all they do! Our country is going down hill fast, and nothing has changed in Washington. The definition of insanity...."Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results."

      June 26, 2012 at 6:26 pm | Reply
      • Gay Guy

        Cas, guess what? Our country is going down hill fast, because dems have controlled the senate for almost 6 years, and the white house for almost 4 years, the repubs have sent over 20 job bills to the dem senate and they ignore them, YOUR LIBERAL PARTY SUCKS HONEY

        June 26, 2012 at 9:52 pm |
  44. bob

    "is there anyone in their right mind who trusts Obama"

    Every one but teabagging brain dead Repukes.

    June 26, 2012 at 4:34 pm | Reply
    • anoel2005

      name calling implies that's all you got.

      Sad but true.

      June 26, 2012 at 4:43 pm | Reply
      • bob

        Not at all, I just have no respect for people who act like fools while braying constantly that THEY are the only "patriots" around.

        June 26, 2012 at 4:50 pm |
      • anoel2005




        June 26, 2012 at 5:05 pm |
  45. bob

    "Do you approve of President Bush's declaration that he will simply refuse these subpoenas that have been sent to Ms. Miers and Karl Rove," Hewitt asked.

    "Yeah, he's got a responsibility to protect executive privilege. That's just part of preserving the powers of the presidency," Romney responded in the interview. "He should do what he thinks is the right thing with regards to members of his team but preserve executive privilege."

    June 26, 2012 at 4:33 pm | Reply
    • bob

      My my, Etch-A-Sketch, how DO you keep track of your changing positions?

      June 26, 2012 at 4:34 pm | Reply
  46. pntherpaw86

    More Republican lies and more Republican deception and distraction because they will do ANYTHING to make Obama look bad and defeat him in November. They know they have a weak candidate who hasn't taken a real position on ANYTHING so the only thing left to do is to obstruct EVERYTHING and LIE to the American people.

    June 26, 2012 at 4:22 pm | Reply
    • Gary

      Thats all they know how to do anyway.

      June 27, 2012 at 1:55 am | Reply
  47. anoel2005

    is there anyone in their right mind who trusts Obama appointees / DOJ / Holder to investigate leaks that were most likely made by the Obama team??

    It's ludicrous. Obama thinks D.C. works the way Chicago does, where they buy and sell Senate seats.

    June 26, 2012 at 3:54 pm | Reply
    • Busted

      Yes I trust them, but I also don't waste my time watching Fox News then come online and write everything Hannity just told me about. Honestly, take the tin foil hat off

      June 26, 2012 at 9:56 pm | Reply
    • Mary

      It is not a black and white issue but is one of grey. I also don't believe everything that comes out of Hannity of Fox News or Larry Kudlow of CNBC.

      June 26, 2012 at 10:43 pm | Reply

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