Congressman calls DOJ Lois Lerner criminal investigation 'a joke' after Holder deputy says he DOESN'T KNOW who's in charge
Attorney General Eric Holder has resisted calls for a special prosecutor in the IRS tea-party targeting case, insisting that his agency should handle it
Rep. Jim Jordan hijacked a hearing about marijuana policy Friday to grill a Holder deputy about the investigation's progress
House Republicans have tried for 11 months to find out who's in charge of the investigation and how many prosecutors are involved
David A. O’Neil, acting assistant attorney general for the DOJ's criminal division, testified that he didn't know
By David Martosko, U.s. Political Editor
Published: 15:45 EST, 9 May 2014 | Updated: 16:15 EST, 9 May 2014
The acting deputy U.S. attorney general in charge of overseeing 'public integrity' prosecutions testified Friday that he doesn't know who's in charge of the criminal investigation of Lois Lerner, the former IRS official at the center of the tea-party targeting scandal.
David O'Neil, whose job atop the DOJ's criminal division puts him in charge of public corruption prosecutions, told Ohio Republican Rep. Jim Jordan that he also doesn't know how many prosecutors are assigned to the case, or how many attorneys from his division are working on it.
Asked to identify the lead agent in the Lerner investigation, O'Neil would only answer, 'I'm sure that we can provide that information to you.'