Issa hints at ‘criminal obstruction’ in IRSgate

Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) and Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) sent a heated letter to Attorney General Eric Holder at the Dept. of Justice regarding the investigation into IRSgate. Issa demanded new information from Holder and he took the FBI to task for that agency’s “blatant lack of cooperation.”

Issa even said that lack of cooperation “may rise to the level of criminal obstruction of a congressional investigation.”

What set off the chairman of the Oversight and Reform Committee?

Let us count the ways.

For starters, the FBI has not provided information requested by the Committee—a lapse of law and order in a major way.

For another, Barbara Bosserman, the attorney appointed by Holder to investigate what even the AG called “outrageous and unacceptable” conduct, is a frequent donor to the Democrats’ national committee, Obama for America, and the Obama Victory Fund 2012. That alone is akin to asking the hawk to keep an eye on the baby chickens.

Issa said the committee has additional questions about “the integrity of the DOJ/FBI investigation.”

The California congressman wants Bosserman removed:

“By selecting a significant donor to President Obama to lead an investigation into inappropriate targeting of conservative groups, the Department has created a startling conflict of interest. It is unbelievable that the Department would choose such an individual to examine the federal government’s systematic targeting and harassment of organizations opposed to the President’s policies.”

Issa also noted in the letter to Holder that the FBI refused to meet with Rep. Jordan to discuss the investigation. Jordan is the chairman of the Subcommittee on Economic Growth, Job Creation, and Regulatory Affairs.

IRS admitted the targeting, as reported by media as long ago as May, 2013:

“The conclusion that the IRS came to is that they did have agents who were engaged in intimidation of political groups,’ Michigan Rep. Mike Rogers told Fox News Sunday. ‘I don’t care if you’re a conservative, a liberal, a Democrat or a Republican, this should send a chill up your spine. It needs to have a full investigation.”

IRS also publicly admitted targeting conservative groups on a far larger scale than “progressive” groups.

IRSgate has drawn scant attention from most legacy media although the persecution of any political group by a powerful federal agency is an outrageous threat to the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution and a violation of the oath presidents take to uphold it.

Issa also said Bosserman’s conflict of interest “tainted” any information she had gathered.

(Analysis by Kay B. Day/Jan. 9, 2014)

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