Just because the tea parties were targets doesn’t mean they have anything to say.
That seems to be the rationale behind the FBI’s alleged investigation of whether IRS agents – whether in a Cincinnati field office or the D.C. HQ – were trying to squelch President Obama’s political opponents.
No tea party groups that had their applicationss for tax-exempt status stalled or stonewalled by the IRS has been contacted by FBI investigators, according to a Daily Caller report.
And if you listen to testimony from FBI Director Robert Mueller before the House Judiciary Committee on Thursday, it’s not likely to any time soon, since even the basics of the investigation haven’t been started, such as putting someone in charge of it.
In the report, Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, was incredulous.
“This is the most important issue in front of the country in the last six weeks, and you don’t know who the lead investigator is?” Jordan asked the FBI director.
“At this juncture, no I do not,” Mueller responded.
“Do you know if you’ve talked to any of the victims?” Jordan went on. “Have you talked to any of the groups that were targeted by their government? Have you met with any of the tea party groups since May 14, 2013?”
“I don’t know what the status of the interviews are by the team that’s on it,” Mueller said.
Realistically, there might be a little senioritis going on.
Thursday was Mueller’s last day of testimony as director, since he’s stepping down in September.
After stepping into the job a week before 9/11 – and holding it through President Bush’s war on terror and Obama’s premeditated surrender to it – a one-foot-out-the-door Mueller might not be the best person to answer for a separate agency violating the rights of Americans.
The big question is whether incoming FBI Director Jim Comey – another former Bush appointee – will be.
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