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DoJ puts Obama donor in charge of IRS investigation [The Fox Guards the Hen House]
Hotair ^ | 01/10/2014 | Ed Morrissey

Posted on 01/10/2014 7:59:53 AM PST by SeekAndFind

Old and busted: How dare the Bush administration politicize the Department of Justice by asking for resignations from political appointees! New hotness: Let’s put donors and political allies in charge of high-profile investigations! The first such case this week comes as Reps. Darrell Issa and Jim Jordan demand to know how the DoJ managed to select a donor to the Obama campaign to investigate political targeting within the IRS:

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 DoJ insisted that it doesn’t take politics into consideration when selecting careerists for assignment, and argued that such consideration might itself break the law:

“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.”

Really? The DoJ doesn’t see any potential conflict of interest in assigning a checkbook partisan of that magnitude to an investigation into whether partisans in another executive-branch agency may have targeted political opponents of her preferred side? That’s absurd, but hardly surprising from a DoJ that investigated itself in Fast and Furious, and an administration that investigated itself in the NSA scandal, and issued itself clean bills of health in both cases.

How about with political appointees? That rule wouldn’t apply, no? Then why is a campaign donor to Democrats heading the Bridgegate investigation?

Paul J. Fishman, the U.S. attorney tasked with looking into New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s bridge controversy, has donated to several Democratic politicians and organizations, according to Federal Election Commission records.

Most notably, Fishman – who was nominated for the post by President Barack Obama in June 2009 – donated to then-Sen. Hillary Clinton’s 2008 presidential campaign on June 30, 2007. At the time of the contribution, Clinton was battling then-Sen. Obama for the Democratic presidential nomination. Fishman donated $2,300 to Clinton, according to the FEC.

Fishman also supported then-Sen. John Kerry – who ran for president in 2004 – with a $500 contribution on June 25, 2003, and another donation of $1,200 on July 24, 2003.

All of Fishman’s campaign donations, according to the FEC, appear to have come during his time in private practice and all were directed to Democrats.

Fishman and Christie had tangled before, at least in the transition from Jon Corzine’s administration during an attempt to push through a raft of appointments before Christie took office. That kind of personal animosity, and party loyalties, don’t exactly add up to a dispassionate review of the facts of Bridgegate. It looks more like the DoJ wants a predetermined outcome … as it does whenever its investigations involve politics.

Remember when Democrats cared about the supposed politicization of the DoJ? Good times, good times.


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Crime/Corruption; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: doj; donor; irs; obama

1 posted on 01/10/2014 7:59:53 AM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

The Obama Administration Culture is based on lies, persecution of political opponents, and violating the US Constitution.


2 posted on 01/10/2014 8:16:57 AM PST by Graewoulf (Democrats' Obamacare Socialist Health Insur. Tax violates U.S. Constitution AND Anti-Trust Law.)
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3 posted on 01/10/2014 8:45:07 AM PST by DJ MacWoW (The Fed Gov is not one ring to rule them all)
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To: SeekAndFind

I think the headline is a little misleading. If I remember correctly, the GUARDS walk their post OUTSIDE of the hen house.
It seems that now the GUARD is living INSIDE the hen house.
In a few days, they can move into a smaller hen house.


4 posted on 01/10/2014 9:15:39 AM PST by CaptainAmiigaf (NY TIMES: We print the news as it fits our views.)
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To: SeekAndFind
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.”

Really? Sending Holder a "letter"?

The only thing anyone in Congress should be sending Holder is a subpoena.

Since this slimy, racist bastard has refused to resign after being held in contempt of Congress, his a$$ should be under oath and sitting in front of committees EVERY DAY being questioned about F&F, the IRS, voter intimidation in Philly, etc.

5 posted on 01/10/2014 10:36:41 AM PST by bassmaner (Hey commies: I am a white male, and I am guilty of NOTHING! Sell your 'white guilt' elsewhere.)
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To: SeekAndFind

This is a bigger issue in politics than the 4 replies evidences.


6 posted on 01/10/2014 11:54:03 AM PST by daniel1212 (Come to the Lord Jesus as a contrite damned+destitute sinner, trust Him to save you, then live 4 Him)
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To: daniel1212

This is a bigger issue in politics than the 4 replies evidences.


There really isn’t much to say. The GOP isn’t going to do a darn thing about this thug behavior by the Dems. Like aways, they will get away with it and nothing will happen because there is no engaged opposition party in DC.


7 posted on 01/10/2014 11:58:27 AM PST by lodi90
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To: lodi90

Sadly most likely. Look to Jesus and His kingdom.


8 posted on 01/10/2014 3:03:38 PM PST by daniel1212 (Come to the Lord Jesus as a contrite damned+destitute sinner, trust Him to save you, then live 4 Him)
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