A group of 31 Republican senators sent a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder Tuesday, demanding that he immediately appoint a special counsel to investigate whether the White House is responsible for recent national security leaks.
The lawmakers believe the two U.S. attorneys investigating the unauthorized leaks are too closely tied to the administration to be impartial.
They also contend that the Obama administration cannot be trusted to investigate itself.
"The numerous national security leaks reportedly originating out of the executive branch in recent months have been stunning," the senators wrote to Holder.
"If true, they reveal details of some of our nation's most highly classified and sensitive military and intelligence matters, thereby risking our national security, as well as the lives of American citizens and our allies," they continued in the letter.
Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., and others believe that the leaks of classified information like successful al Qaeda hits and key info on Iran were made to make the president look good.
"There is a conflict of interest today, and because that conflict of interest exists, a special counsel should be appointed," Sen. Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga., said.
Holder appointed the U.S. attorneys to lead a Justice Department inquiry into who leaked information about U.S. involvement.