White House: No Need For Special Prosecutor on I.R.S.

Nah, we don't need a special prosecutor, 'those who need to be held accountable will be'


On the heels of a poll showing 76 percent of Americans support the appointment of a special proscutor to investigate the I.R.S., the White House dismissed the idea, saying there's enough people reviewing the agency already.

Deputy press secretary Josh Earnest told reporters aboard Air Force One on Thursday that Congress is investigating, the administration is cooperating, the Department of Justice has initiated a criminal probe and a new acting commissioner has already been named to lead the I.R.S.

“There are a lot of people looking at this from a lot of different perspectives," Earnest said. "We’re confident those who need to be held accountable will be.”

The Quinnipiac survey released Thursday found that 63 percent of Democrats, 88 percent of Republicans and 78 percent of independents support the appointment of an independent prosecutor to investigate the I.R.S. following revelations that the agency targeted conservative groups and others for extra scrutiny in applications for nonprofit status.

Earnest noted that the new acting I.R.S. commissioner, Daniel Werfel, is conducting a 30-day review at the direction of Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew under orders from President Obama.
"The president is committed to making sure that steps are taken to make sure something like this doesn’t happen again," he said.

What a surprise. DEPUTY PRESS SEC. JOSH EARNEST hasn't seen the poll this morning from Quinnipiac showing Obama's ratings slide or the 76% that want a special prosecutor

Transcript of the gaggle is here at whitehouse.gov