House Republican Policy Committee Chairman Tom Price, M.D. (R-GA) issued the following statement in support of calls for an independent investigation after the Department of Justice announced that two U.S. Attorneys had been appointed to investigate national security leaks. On April 26th of this year, Chairman Price along with 20 members of the House of Representatives sent a letter to President Obama calling for an investigation into leaks of U.S.-Israeli defense planning. Additionally, the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2013 which passed the House of Representatives on May 18th included an amendment sponsored by Chairman Price requiring the Department of Justice to order an investigation into the possible violation of U.S. law regarding numerous leaks of sensitive information involving U.S. and Israeli military, intelligence, and operational capabilities.
"Since our initial calls for an investigation in the wake of leaks regarding U.S. and Israeli defense planning, additional media accounts have shown leaks of defense and intelligence information on a number of national security issues making this an even larger and growing concern," said Chairman Price. "The delay on the part of this administration in responding to previous inquiries for an investigation coupled with its delays in taking the level of action necessary undermines confidence that the Obama Administration can attempt to investigate this matter on their own. Therefore, more must be done beyond what has already been announced by the Department of Justice. As has been suggested, an independent investigation is needed to determine who is responsible. These leaks threaten the safety and security of the American people, put in danger the lives of those who have volunteered to defend this nation in our armed forces and intelligence community, and undermine the security of our allies and their trust in the United States."