The Washington Times - May 14, 2013, 06:59AM

Republican governors on Tuesday told President Obama he needs to appoint a special prosecutor to look into the IRS’s politically motivated review of conservative groups during the last two elections.

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, the chairman and vice chairman of the Republican Governors Association, sent a letter to Mr. Obama telling him the IRS’s admission that it specifically targeted conservative groups is a frightening use of power.

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“The actions of the IRS are an attempt to gag the voices of Americans who may disagree with the policies and left-leaning ideology of your administration,” the governors said. “Quite frankly, this is un-American.”

An administration can appoint a special prosecutor when there is a case that is so politically charged, and involving high administration officials, that someone with independent authority and budgeting powers is needed to get to the bottom of the situation.

Mr. Obama on Monday said it would be outrageous if the IRS had targeted conservative political groups, but said he was withholding judgment until a full investigated audit is released.

Members of Congress are moving much more quickly, however. House Republicans and Democrats have already scheduled a hearing for Friday to look into the matter, and calls are growing for top IRS officials to resign in the wake of new reports that they may have concealed the politically motivated investigations from Congress.