Agency heads are political appointees, and answer directly to Obama. If the IGs will need to ask permission from a political appointee before convening a grand jury or conducting a wiretap as part of their investigation, that agency head will have a de-facto veto over any investigative activity getting too close to things Obama wants to keep hidden.
I'm sure the thought of Inspector Generals with wiretap authority investigating the deletion of Lois Lerner's emails and ongoing coverup of the IRS targeting scandal is making Obama very, very nervous. So far he's managed to keep things under wraps and stay a few steps ahead of the investigation, but doing that has required an active coverup effort rather than a passive one. (The Lerner backup tapes, as just one example, were degaussed after the investigation was well underway and just before documents describing their location were provided to the IRS Inspector General).
This entry was published Thu Jul 30 10:03:45 CDT 2015 by TriggerFinger
and last updated 2015-07-30 10:03:45.0.