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DOJ won’t allow lead IRS scandal investigator to testify

The attorney leading the investigation into the Internal Revenue Service’s (IRS) targeting of tea party groups will not be allowed to testify at an oversight hearing Thursday after being requested by a congressman, according to reports.

Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) asked Justice attorney Barbara Bosserman to appear on Feb. 6, 2014. Rep. Jordan received a response from Deputy Attorney General James Cole saying she would not be appearing.

“The department’s longstanding policy, applied across administrations, is to decline to provide Congress with non-public information about ongoing criminal investigations,” Cole said. “This policy is intended to protect the effectiveness and integrity of the criminal justice process, as well as the privacy interests of third parties. It also is founded upon our commitment to avoiding any perception that our law enforcement efforts are subject to undue influence from elected officials.”

Rep. Jordan wrote back to Deputy Attorney General Cole asking him to reconsider.

“The committee recognizes that there may be particular law-enforcement aspects of the investigation that the department is unwilling to discuss publicly. However, there is no legitimate basis for a blanket refusal to answer questions about an apparent conflict of interest and the overall integrity of the investigation,” Jordan wrote.

Bosserman was picked to lead the investigation into the targeting of the tea party groups despite previous donations to President Obama’s campaigns.

Joe Schoffstall

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  • Ted Bandley

    How could Obama state that there was no impropriety in the Targeting of Conservative Groups by the IRS IF NO investigations have taken place? Just more lies and coverup from Obama.

    • KatherineBranwen

      Obviously, the entirety of the investigation was comprised of Obama patting Holder on the back and saying make it look like you’re doing something…
      Not a single witness has been questioned by either the FBI or a so-called DOJ investigator…..
      Like with Benghazi and Fast and Furious, the ‘on-going investigation’ will be on-going until the Barry leaves office…

  • Doc3

    Send them a subpoena. Start playing hardball with this scum.

  • canuck

    Cut DOJ budget until a Special Prosecutor is appointed.

  • Marine101

    They did it again!

  • Ken Snyder

    nah, not even a smidgen of corruption here…..