DoJ IRS investigation in the very best of hands
Suppose you're President Obama. Who would be your ideal candidate to head up the Justice Department's investigation into IRS targeting of conservative groups?
How about someone who gave thousands of dollars to your senate campaign as well as your presidential races?
The confidence that the president and AG Holder have in the press ignoring this IRS "investigation" must be so great that they simply don't care who knows that it's set up to be a whitewash.
Two Republican lawmakers and a conservative legal group are questioning the Justice Department's selection of a Democratic donor to lead the agency's probe into the Internal Revenue Service's targeting of certain advocacy groups during the 2010 and 2012 election cycles.
House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) and Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) issued a letter to U.S. Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. on Wednesday demanding the department remove DOJ trial attorney Barbara Bosserman from the case, saying her involvement is "highly inappropriate and has compromised the administration's investigation of the IRS."
Bosserman donated a combined $6,750 to President Obama's election campaigns and the Democratic National Committee between 2004 and 2012, according to federal campaign finance records.
The American Center for Law and Justice, which represents 41 groups suing the IRS over its controversial screening methods, also criticized the appointment of Bosserman to lead the probe.
"Appointing an avowed political supporter of President Obama to head up the Justice Department probe is not only disturbing but puts politics right in the middle of what is supposed to be an independent investigation to determine who is responsible for the Obama administration's unlawful targeting of conservative and tea party groups," ACLJ chief counsel Jay Sekulow said in a statement Thursday.
The Justice Department said that it cannot take political leanings into account when assigning cases and that making legal political contributions does not prevent its attorneys from fulfilling their duties without bias.
"It is contrary to department policy and a prohibited personnel practice under federal law to consider the political affiliation of career employees or other non-merit factors in making personnel decisions," said Justice spokeswoman Dena Iverson. "Removing a career employee from an investigation or case due to political affiliation, as chairmen Issa and Jordan have requested, could also violate the equal opportunity policy and the law."
Are we to believe that if a trail leads to the Oval Office that Ms. Bosserman will vigorously pursue it? Sure, the civil service statute prevents political views from disqualifying an attorney, but this isn't just some run of the mill DoJ investigation. They are investigating wrongdoing by the executive branch, that includes impeachable offenses if it is discovered that the president knew of and approved the actions by the IRS. How about just giving the appearance of a serious investigation?
No such luck, I'm afraid. "Career" prosecutor or not, Bosserman knows what she's been chosen to do and will no doubt perform the whitewash with due diligence.