FBI won’t press charges in IRS scandal; Issa blasts Holder’s credibility

U.S. Rep. Darrell Issa late Monday expressed fury at a news report that Eric Holder’s FBI has found no reason to pursue criminal charges against IRS agents who targeted tea party groups to limit their political activities in the run-up to President Obama’s 2012 re-election.

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The Wall Street Journal reported late Monday that FBI investigators are blaming confusing rules and bureaucratic incompetence — rather than criminal intent — for the studied and deliberate treatment of conservative groups opposed to President Obama’s re-election that were seeking tax-exempt status.

In a letter to the attorney general reported by the Daily Caller, Issa, the California Republican who chairs the House Oversight Committee, and Oversight Subcommittee Chairman Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, said both the FBI’s conclusions and the way they were leaked underscore the essential lawlessness of the Obama administration’s handling of the IRS scandal.

“Anonymous — and apparently politically motivated — leaks from unnamed law enforcement officials further undermine the public assurances by the current and former FBI directors that this is a legitimate investigation,” Issa and Jordan wrote.

While infuriating to conservatives – and anyone who believes in the rule of law – the Journal’s report that the FBI has found nothing criminal isn’t surprising.

It was led (or “rigged?”) by Justice Department civil rights lawyer Barbara Bosserman, an Obama supporter and donor. It was conducted at a glacial pace – since the scandal broke in May the “investigators” had almost no contact with the groups the IRS targeted.

And after President Obama postured as being “angry” that the IRS behavior, the White House and its media allies spent months trying to paper the IRS assault on American democracy as another “phony scandal.”

In other words, it was never a serious investigation and its conclusions won’t be taken seriously either — outside of MSNBC, the New York Times editorial page and other Democratic Party offices.

“These revelations further undermine the credibility of the Attorney General Holder and the Justice Department under his leadership.  Given the circumstances, there is little reason for the American people to have confidence in this investigation,” Issa and Jordan wrote.

So the investigation of an Obama re-election effort by a supporter of Obama’s re-election under the supervision of Obama’s attorney general finds no one broke any laws. Sure, it makes the Founders’ United States of America look like some South American banana republic at the turn of the last century — and takes us one more step in that direction.

But there’s still a bright side – the truth might come out anyway.

As the New York Post pointed out in an editorial, if the FBI is declining to pursue criminal charges, the IRS official at the center of the controversy should be able to tell her story under oath now, after taking the Fifth Amendment to avoid incriminating herself.

“In short,” the Post wrote, “if the threat of criminal charges has in fact been removed, there’s no more excuse for Lois Lerner not to tell us, under oath, what she was apparently afraid to say in May.”

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Joe Saunders

Joe Saunders, a 25-year newspaper veteran, is a staff writer and editor for BizPac Review who lives in Tallahassee and covers capital and Florida politics. Email Joe at jpjsaunders@gmail.com.
About Joe Saunders

Joe Saunders, a 25-year newspaper veteran, is a staff writer and editor for BizPac Review who lives in Tallahassee and covers capital and Florida politics. Email Joe at jpjsaunders@gmail.com.

  • Arden Hale

    Abolish the IRS. Make that a running platform for the upcoming election. When we have the majority and can defund Obamacare, defund the IRS as well.

    • lovinspoonful

      Impeach Holder.

      • doodledandy

        Prosecute – Don’t impeach, that’s but a slap on the wrist.

        • lovinspoonful

          they can do both. Impeach, then prosecute.

          • doodledandy

            Good to know, thanks. I want to see them ALL in orange jumpsuits!

  • Jan McMullen

    Does Issa have power to file charges?

    • tatoo

      No

    • Doug

      Issa is an empty suit.

  • Brandon Johns

    Of course he is not going to press charges. Obama and Holder were behind the IRS wrongdoings. They are the criminals.

  • Don Sebold

    Prepare America…..get your house in order…..protect,prepare,prevent…..the bottom is going to drop out soon

    • sleeper48

      I advise a bugout bag at the very least, and lots of water.

  • Texas Belle

    Dream on, Lois Lerner will never squeal, under oath or not.

  • BDPSU

    Banana Republic.

    If you’re not angry at this Administration’s lawless behavior, then you’re not an American.

    • plewdawg

      May 16th Washington DC American Spring Rally. Both sides coming together to take back the Republic and defend the Constitution.

  • RE Hafner

    This is what happens when you elect a pimp from Chicago. He actually thinks he is a king.

  • acers2

    Just another step in the complete decline of America. Maybe it’s time for Harry Belafonte,(?) to sing about banana’s and the republic.

  • RetiredTrainman

    Is anybody surprised?

    • twmon9816

      No.

  • john4637

    What did Issa expect? The FBI are nothing but “Tools” used as tools, of those politicians who utilize those puppets for any and all devious ambition or cover up they may entertain.