Trust in government is at a horrible low point and for good reason. The American people feel like elected officials don’t listen and aren’t interested in doing the right thing for the good of the country. With scandal after scandal, failed policy after failed policy, and an abysmal lack of transparency to boot, taxpayers are tired of the federal bureaucratic monster that has grown out of control. At my organization, Citizens United, for more than 25 years, we’ve worked on behalf of our members across the country to fight for honesty and integrity in government, most recently with the Hillary Clinton email investigation.
This isn’t the first special counsel we’ve demanded recently. In May 2013, as troubling allegations surfaced about the political targeting of conservative groups at the Internal Revenue Service, Citizens United called for then-Attorney General Eric Holder to appoint an impartial special counsel to investigate. We recognized immediately that political appointees at the Department of Justice could not have been expected to conduct a fair and thorough investigation of such a politically charged subject. More than two years later, as new revelations continue to trickle out about questionable IRS practices to this day, I believe our call was absolutely correct.
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