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Senators Introduce Resolution Calling for Independent Special Counsel to Investigate Leaks

12:00 PM, Jun 12, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
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A sizable group of Republican senators have introduced a resolution in the Senate calling for Attorney General Eric Holder to appoint an independent special counsel to investigate high-level national security leaks to the media.

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The special independent counsel "should investigate any and all unauthorized disclosures of classified and highly sensitive information on which such recent publications were based and, where appropriate, prosecute those responsible," the resolution states.

"[T]he Attorney General should," the resolution reads, clearly calling for the investigator's independence, "(A) delegate to an outside special counsel all of the authority of the Attorney General with respect to investigations by the Department of Justice of any and all unauthorized disclosures of classified and highly sensitive information related to various United States military and intelligence plans, programs, and operations reported in recent publications; and (B) direct an outside special counsel to exercise that authority independently of the supervision or control of any officer of the Department of Justice."

The resolution also calls on President Obama to assess "whether any such unauthorized disclosures of classified and highly sensitive information damaged the national security of the United States."

The resolution is sponsored by Senators Jim Inhofe (R, Oklahoma), John McCain (R, Arizona), Roger Wicker (R-Mississippi), Scott Brown (R-Mass.), Kelly Ayotte (R, New Hampshire), Rob Portman (R, Ohio), Susan Collins (R, Maine), Lindsey Graham (R, S.C.), John Cornyn (R, Texas), Richard Burr (R, North Carolina), Pat Roberts (R, Kansas), Rand Paul (R, Kentucky), John Boozman (R, Arkansas), Johnny Isakson (R, Georgia), Roy Blunt (R, Missouri), Tom Coburn (R, Oklahoma), Chuck Grassley (R, Iowa), Mark Kirk (R, Illinois), and Saxby Chambliss (R, Georgia).

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