Burton Wants Special Counsel To Investigate White House E-Mail Scandal

July 7, 2008 - 7:25 PM

(CNSNews.com) - House Government Reform Committee Chairman Dan Burton (R-IN) wants Attorney General Janet Reno to appoint a special counsel to investigate what Burton called "obstruction of justice" charges against the Clinton Administration over the matter of missing White House e-mails.

In an eight-page letter to Reno, Burton said, "it is painfully clear that the Attorney General is incapable of conducting a legitimate investigation of the White House - especially when a large chunk of the investigation must be directed at her own department's conduct."

"Under normal circumstances," Burton went on to say, "I would welcome a Justice Department investigation of possible criminal conduct. However, because you and your staff are in charge, the proposed investigation is fatally flawed.

"It is important that the Department of Justice remove itself entirely from this investigation and appoint an outside counsel. The individual chosen should be completely independent, should have no current ties to the Justice Department, and should be seen by the American people as fair and impartial."

The Justice Department had no comment on Burton's letter.

The House Government Reform Committee heard testimony last Thursday from White House personnel and contractors who operated the White House e-mail system. The Committee has another hearing set for this Thursday when Clinton White House Counsel Beth Nolan is scheduled to testify.