2014-07-17T203744Z_1_LYNXMPEA6G0ZX_RTROPTP_2_USA-SECURITY

No special prosecutor needed for U.S. tax agency probe: Justice Dept

U.S. Deputy Attorney General Cole answers questions during the Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on the House-passed Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act reform bill while on Capitol Hill in WashingtonBy David Lawder WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A top Justice Department official, deflecting demands from Republicans, said on Thursday that a special prosecutor was not needed to look into past U.S. Internal Revenue Service treatment of conservative groups and the agency’s loss of related emails. Deputy Attorney General James Cole, the Justice Department’s second-in-command after Attorney General Eric Holder, told lawmakers the IRS was being thoroughly and fairly investigated.

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