Rep. Kingston: Appoint Prosecutors to Probe IRS, Benghazi

Friday, 11 Apr 2014 03:55 PM

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Special prosecutors must be appointed to finally get to the bottom of the ongoing IRS and Benghazi scandals, Rep. Jack Kingston of Georgia says.

"I'm in favor of a special prosecutor for Lois Lerner [and] the IRS scandal, for Benghazi, as well — simply because we're not getting anywhere," Kingston told "The Steve Malzberg Show" Friday on Newsmax TV.

The IRS scandal revolves around the agency's illegal targeting of tea party groups seeking tax-exempt status. The Benghazi controversy focuses on unanswered questions as to why extra security wasn't in place that might have prevented the killing of four Americans, including Ambassador Christopher Stevens.

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Kingston says there have been unsatisfactory answers from the administration on both, although he admits that the appointment of special prosecutors carries its own problems.

"Once you have a special prosecutor, it becomes a legal case where everybody lawyers up. Then it's going to drag on even longer," he said.

"But we're in the darned if you do, and darned if you don't. We need to have a special prosecutor."

Kingston, a senior member of the House Appropriations Committee, also wants to probe the amount of money the administration has spent promoting the Affordable Care Act.

"We don't actually know [the total amount] because they are masters about moving money from one account to the other," he said. "What we do know [is] that in 2013, the advertising amount was $684 million, and then for celebrity endorsements, $52 million.

"So when you see these cool, hip athletes who love Obama so much — remember they're doing it for the bucks, they're not doing it because of the cause, and of course, they themselves aren't even on Obamacare."

Kingston said uncovering the truth behind the IRS scandal, and former IRS official Lois Lerner's alleged participation in it, may be particularly prickly.

"It's so difficult because you think about [Attorney General] Eric Holder was supposed to be in charge of the 'Fast and Furious' investigation, supposed to be in charge of Benghazi, supposed to be in charge of the IRS situation, and hasn't done anything on all three accounts," he said.

"I don't believe that this Department of Justice is going to do anything with Lois Lerner.

"Trey Gowdy, the congressman from South Carolina, said something to this effect, that Lois Lerner will not testify or cooperate with Congress, and Congress can't send her to jail.

"She will cooperate with the Department of Justice, and they're unwilling to send her to jail.... They're just going to drag this thing out as long as they can."

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