Con­tacts on IRS due seven months ago

The Washington Times Weekly - - Politics -

“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

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