Ironically, if the investigation unearths the culprit or culprits, it is likely to be the administration that suffers embarrassment. Last year, Republicans were quick to assume the leaks occurred because someone in the administration wanted to portray the president as keeping America safe by killing terrorists and interrupting bomb plots, especially during the middle of the president's re-election campaign. They demanded that a special prosecutor be appointed, which the AG declined to do. Are Republicans now suggesting the administration was too aggressive in its investigation of these leaks?
Holder and others in the administration all the way up to the president have done plenty of things that deserve criticism. Republicans are right to investigate what went wrong in Benghazi and the later political manipulation of facts, why the IRS targeted conservative groups seeking tax-exempt status, how the administration has squandered billions of dollars in alternative energy grants -- the list could go on for several more lines. But they should exercise better judgment when blaming the administration for doing all it can to find out who leaked information on the bomb plot last May.
If investigators discover who leaked information on the Yemen operation, the guilty should be punished to the fullest extent of the law. And Republicans should commend -- not condemn -- the administration for a job well done. It goes beyond bipartisanship. It's simply the right thing to do.
Linda Chavez is the author of "An Unlikely Conservative: The Transformation of an Ex-Liberal." To find out more about Linda Chavez, visit the Creators Syndicate Web page at www.creators.com.
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Linda Chavez is chairman of the Center for Equal Opportunity and author of Betrayal: How Union Bosses Shake Down Their Members and Corrupt American Politics .
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