Contacts on IRS due seven months ago
“They say the fox isn’t good to guard the henhouse; the fox is probably not good to investigate the henhouse, either,” said Sen. Rand Paul, Kentucky Republican. “I think these investigations need to be done by independent people outside of the administration.”
Mr. Holder ordered an FBI investigation in the days immediately after the internal auditor of the IRS revealed that the agency had been inappropriately targeting tea party groups for intrusive scrutiny and wrongly delayed the approval of hundreds of conservative groups’ applications for tax-exempt status.
Little has been heard about the progress of the investigation in the eight months since, and House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell E. Issa began his own investigation into the FBI’s efforts.
The FBI has rejected many of Mr. Issa’s requests for documents, but the California Republican said he did learn that Ms. Bosserman was leading the investigation from the Justice Department. On Wednesday, Mr. Issa sent a letter to Mr. Holder saying the selection of an Obama campaign donor tainted the entire investigation.
The Justice Department said federal law and department policy prevent officials from doling out assignments based on a career employee’s political views, and that denial of an assignment based on campaign donations would violate a worker’s right to participate in the political process.
Ms. Bosserman didn’t respond to requests for comment about her donation history or about the status of the investigation.
The news that the FBI has begun contacting some of the tea party groups signals