Waxman Joins Chorus Urging Special Counsel To Resign

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July 29, 2008 10:48 a.m.

Special Counsel Scott Bloch is under investigation by the FBI. His own employees can’t stand him. And now pressure is mounting from Capitol Hill for one of Washington’s top watchdogs to step down.

House oversight committee chairman Henry Waxman (D-CA) sent Bloch a letter yesterday urging him to step down from the agency charged with investigating allegations of retaliation against whistle blowers.

The mission of the agency should be the paramount consideration. It is for this reason that I have concluded that OSC would be better served with new leadership and urge you to step down as the Special Counsel. Such a move would be in the best interest of the agency and the federal employees its charged to protect.

Waxman’s letter comes after Bloch’s chief deputy resigned from the office citing “political agendas.”

Up until now, Waxman has been uncharacteristically quiet regarding allegations of Bloch’s misconduct, which includes retaliating against whistleblowers in his own office.

The committee’s ranking member, Tom Davis (R-VA), called for Bloch’s resignation weeks ago.

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