December 5, 2017 11:10 AM
With partisan politics weaving its way into the independent Department of Justice it is not surprising to hear calls for a second special counsel. In fact an op-ed in today’s Real Clear Policy by Georgia’s 9th District Congressman Doug Collins makes that very case.
Americans are well-stocked with outstanding questions about how the DOJ handled these issues, and the specter of favoritism still looms over the Obama DOJ. The possibility that the department made decisions to aid a political candidate is a potential threat to democracy — one that deserves a DOJ investigation today just as it did in 2016.
The nature of our political scene today produces push back even when the logic involved borders on illogical:
This obscures the crux of the liberal argument against the move: Neither the DOJ under Attorney General Jeff Sessions nor an independent special counsel is capable of investigating Clinton. According to this logic, there exists no credible path for investigating potential favoritism on the part of America’s chief law enforcement officials. It would follow that the world’s strongest democracy is impotent when it comes to pursuing objective, unfettered, non-partisan accountability of its own federal agencies.
So while the process might be painful and the results uncomfortable, a 2nd Special Counsel lays out a path to restore independence and credibility to a once respected department.