Sen. John McCain, the leading critic of the recent spate of national security leaks, rejected Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr.'s appointment on Friday of two U.S. attorneys to investigate the breaches, arguing that only an outside counsel would be independent enough for such a task.
Mr. McCain, an Arizona Republican who lost the 2008 presidential race to President Obama, as well as Sen. Lindsey Graham, South Carolina Republican, issued a joint statement late Friday night, arguing that Mr. Holder's decision to tap the two U.S. attorneys doesn't go far enough.
"These breaches of national security have compromised operations, strained relationships with allies, and put lives at risk. It is imperative that an independent investigation be conducted where the results could be accepted with a high degree of confidence and without a hint of political considerations," they said. "We are confident the two U.S. attorneys hand-picked by Attorney General Holder are fine men. However, if there was ever a situation where we needed an outside special counsel that would enjoy bipartisan acceptance and widespread public trust, it is now."
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