Posted on | February 3, 2014 | 7 Comments
The Justice Department has rebuffed a House Republican’s plan to hold an oversight hearing this Thursday featuring a key criminal investigator from the team reviewing mishandling of tax-exempt status applications by the Internal Revenue Service.
Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, asked Justice attorney Barbara Bosserman on Jan. 28 to testify “due to the administration’s failure to provide necessary information about its IRS investigation.” Bosserman, who is a leader in the Justice investigation into the IRS controversy, has donated money to President Obama’s political campaigns, which GOP lawmakers including Jordan believe represents a conflict of interest. Bosserman is a career attorney; career employees are allowed to donate money to political candidates.
The Feb. 6 House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing is titled, “The IRS Targeting Investigation: What is the Administration Doing?”
But Bosserman will not appear, said Deputy Attorney General James Cole in a Jan. 30 reply to Jordan, as published in a tax-exempt organizations newsletter edited by attorney Paul Streckfus.
“The department’s longstanding policy, applied across administrations, is to decline to provide Congress with non-public information about ongoing criminal investigations,” Cole wrote.
(Hat-tip: Joe Schoffstall at Capitol City Project.)
This is predictable cover-up strategy: Key witnesses plead the Fifth in congressional hearings and the “ongoing investigation” becomes an excuse for the administration to tell Congress nothing about the investigation which may or may not actually be “ongoing” in any meaningful sense. The administration is investigating itself, and if you think this kind of “investigation” will find any wrongdoing by anyone, you don’t understand how the game works.
- Feb. 3: Obama: ‘What IRS Scandal?’
- Jan. 29: Ted Cruz: Media Acting as ‘Palace Guard’ to Protect Obama in IRS Scandal UPDATE: Tom Perez Fails to Provide Information on Bosserman’s Appointment
- Jan. 14: The IRS Scandal Cover-Up