S.Res.489 - A resolution expressing the sense of the Senate on the appointment by the Attorney General of an outside special counsel to investigate certain recent leaks of apparently classified and highly sensitive information on United States military and intelligence plans, programs, and operations.112th Congress (2011-2012)
|Sponsor:||Sen. McCain, John [R-AZ] (Introduced 06/12/2012)|
|Committees:||Senate - Judiciary|
|Latest Action:||06/12/2012 Referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.|
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Summary: S.Res.489 — 112th Congress (2011-2012)All Bill Information (Except Text)
Introduced in Senate (06/12/2012)
Expresses the sense of the Senate that the Attorney General (AG) should: (1) delegate to an outside special counsel (counsel) all AG authority relating to investigations by the Department of Justice (DOJ) of any and all unauthorized disclosures of classified and highly sensitive information related to various military and intelligence plans, programs, and operations as reported in recent publications; and (2) direct the counsel to exercise such authority independently of the supervision or control of any DOJ officer.
Expresses the sense of the Senate that: (1) the counsel should investigate any and all such disclosures and, where appropriate, prosecute those responsible; and (2) the President should assess whether any such disclosures damaged the national security and how such damage can be mitigated.