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But the scandal rocking the IRS -- followed up -- calls for a special prosecutor -- polling finds that overwhelming support.
For that idea check it out 76% when -- special prosecutor.
To look at the agency's improper targeting of conservative groups 17% are against that John fund national affairs columnist for national review John good morning to you.
And welcome back here -- I guess.
The national the natural inclination might be -- go and get a special prosecutor is that necessarily a good thing or a bad thing in this case do you believe.
Well we had very mixed results with independent prosecutors.
In the Reagan years and in the Clinton years in the law finally -- and nobody cried about that.
But I do think the poll indicates the American people are suspicious of -- Justice Department effectively investigating itself and its closest allies in the Obama administration.
So a special counsel which is similar to what Patrick FitzGerald was in the might be called for this would be someone who have their own resources their own line of command.
-- they wouldn't have to say mother may -- to the attorney general and every step of the way they'd be.
Under the executive branch which is I think constitutionally proper but they would be exercise a degree of independence.
If that's the case and -- that frees everything is going on in congress and is everybody is involved here they just clam up and say there's there's an investigation underway on -- thing.
Well there's going to be an investigation the question is what kind of an investigation what kind of credibility it has.
And if it's conducted by the Justice Department that investigation will begin right now the question is is -- people have confidence in it.
Congress obviously is going to proceed.
I think they'll issue subpoenas I think they'll be able to collect a lot of information regardless of whether there's an investigation because remember much of what happened here isn't criminal.
It's -- -- -- -- it's ridiculous it's absurd.
It's you know worries some.
But not necessarily -- so you can still find not a lot I see okay that brings us back to lowest -- now still -- the salary sit at home.
On that brings us to be way because you -- Washington aggressive following.
About what was -- -- why can't her salary be placed an escrow pending the outcome of the criminal investigation certainly no government employees should be paid for doing.
Nothing is that a possibility could you do that.
Look the federal government workers have the strongest job protections of almost anybody one of the most powerful unions representing the procedures are very clear and fixed.
You can't go outside the box.
She's on administrative leave right now she's not formally been fired so she collects -- paycheck I think it's about a 177000.
Out if she's fired she can go to the room.
Regional appeal office of the Merit Systems Protection Board -- -- my understanding is your paycheck continues to the first appeal process if she loses there she then goes on to the big.
Merit Systems Protection Board.
And in most cases she wouldn't be paid there but if she's reinstated that happens an awful lot.
Because she is no disciplinary record she's got exceptional performance reviews from Stephen -- For former boss of terrorists and others if she's reinstated.
She gets all over back pay plus interest.
Point 4% of civilian employees were fired.
Zero point 4% -- and -- many agencies it's like it's more likely died and you get fired up but the president could demand her resignation.
-- -- Well his his political -- the head of the RS didn't demand that he called -- up and said we want you to resign and she said -- I want my paycheck that's one thing -- and -- -- your boss and other things are known resident John how powerful federal workers are indeed John fund thank you in Washington today to our viewers at home got a question for BYA.
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