Jun 09 2012

Graham, McCain Statement on Obama Administration's Leaks Investigation

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senators Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) and John McCain (R-Arizona) made this statement on news Attorney General Eric Holder has appointed two U.S. Attorneys to investigate the leaking of classified information.

Graham and McCain said:

 "There has been appropriate, bipartisan criticism regarding the devastating and orchestrated leaks of classified information involving some of our most sensitive counter-terrorism operations.  These breaches of national security have compromised operations, strained relationships with allies, and put lives at risk.  It is imperative that an independent investigation be conducted where the results could be accepted with a high degree of confidence and without a hint of political considerations.  We are confident the two U.S. Attorneys hand-picked by Attorney General Holder are fine men.  However, if there was ever a situation where we needed an outside special counsel that would enjoy bipartisan acceptance and widespread public trust, it is now.

"There are many capable attorneys who have earned respect from the public and both parties.  We strongly believe a special counsel should be appointed outside Justice Department control and influence.  Someone in the mold of a Bob Bennett who is extremely competent and enjoys bipartisan respect.

"This investigation involves some of the most serious breaches of national security in recent memory and any investigation must be done in a manner free and clear of political considerations.  The recent decision of the Attorney General falls far short of what is needed and is not an adequate substitute for an outside special counsel."