The Department of Justice said in a letter sent this month to Sen. Ted Cruz (R.-Texas) that Attorney General Eric Holder has determined that his department has no “conflict of interest” in investigating the Internal Revenue Service’s targeting of Tea Party and conservative groups and that Holder, therefore, will not name a special prosecutor in the case.
The department’s letter responded to one Cruz sent Holder on January 22. In that letter, Cruz cited a report in The Washington Post indicating that the department lawyer overseeing the IRS investigation had made political contributions to President Obama and the Democratic National Committee.
“It strains credulity to say that, out of the over 114,000 employees at the Department of Justice, the only possible choice to lead the investigation was a major political donor to President Obama,” Cruz wrote Holder. “This, on its face, is a significant conflict of interest.”
Cruz concluded his letter to Holder: “Specifically, I would ask you to immediately appoint a special prosecutor, with meaningful independence, to investigate the IRS’s illegal targeting of conservative groups.”