Skip to comments.Ted Cruz Invokes Watergate During Grilling of FBI Director on IRS Scandal
Posted on 05/25/2014 10:12:31 AM PDT by SoConPubbie
Pointing out that a contributor to President Barack Obamas campaign is running the Justice Departments probe of the Internal Revenue Services targeting of conservative groups, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) drew referenced Watergate when questioning FBI Director James Comey.
The attorney general has appointed to lead this investigation a major Obama donor who has given President Obama and Democrats over $6,000. Do you see any actual or apparent conflict of interest in that? Cruz asked Wednesday during a hearing of the Senate Judiciary Committee.
Comey gave the same answer he gave to most of Cruzs questions.
I dont think thats something I can comment on, Comey said.
Cruz followed, Do you think it would have been appropriate to trust John Mitchell to investigate Richard Nixon?
Comey response: I think thats impossible for me to answer at this point.
Comey did not answer questions about how many people the FBI interviewed as part of the FBI probe, but responded to a question about Obama saying there is not a smidgen of corruption in the IRS matter.
One thing I can assure you is that the FBI does not care about anybodys characterizations of a matter, Comey said. We care only about the facts and were passionate about the facts.
Attorney General Eric Holder named Barbara Bosserman, a Justice Department trial attorney, is leading the DOJ/FBI investigation of the IRS. She donated at least $6,750 to President Barack Obamas campaigns and the Democratic National Committee. Bosserman was even an Obama donor in the early stages of the presidents 2008 primary campaign Hillary Clinton
It has been 372 days, just over a year since President Obama and Attorney General Holder both publicly stated that they were outraged at the IRSs improper targeting of conservative groups and individuals, Cruz said. Indeed President Obama said at the time he was angry and the American people have a right to be angry. The stonewalling that has occurred over more than a year gives the American people a right to be even more angry.
In May of last year, an inspector generals report found the IRS had been improperly targeting the tax exempt applications of conservative groups, particularly with the words tea party in their name that would put them on the BOLO (be on the lookout) list. Groups were asked about what books they read and the content of their prayers.
Lois Lerner, former head of the IRS exempt organizations unit, was found in contempt of Congress for refusing to cooperation with congressional investigators.
When Comey continued not answering questions, Cruz became frustrated.
So the American people have no right to know whats happening other than nothing has happened? Cruz said.
At that point Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy jumped in.
Lets be fair. Thats not what he answered, Leahy said. He answered very appropriately in the same way that appropriately similar answers were given during Republican administrations and we accept them.
Cruz pointed out that several Senate Democrats pushed the IRS in the targeting. Documents released last week showed the IRS in close coordination with Sen. Carl Levin (D-Mich.) about targeting conservative groups.
Mr. Chairman, youre welcome to accept them, and I note that this IRS targeting correspondents has came in significant regard at the written behest of Democratic members of this body, Cruz said. So, I understand if there is not an interest among some in this body of learning what happened.
The IRS and the Democracks= BOLO Haram!!
Trey Gowdy can expect pretty much this same form of stonewalling....Nancy Pelosi will see to it. Progressives i.e., Democrats never speak the truth or facts and they have perfected the block formation to repel their enemy...anyone who disagrees with their point of view.
Comey is a giant fraud, a partisan power seeker.
The publicity hound who prosecuted Martha Stewart for nothing now runs interference for the most vicious, partisan, Orwellian police state oppression in memory.
And he claims to be Mr. Principles.
Here's a fact. The FBI lost a three foot by seven foot steel clad door from an evidence locker and had no explanation for it. What kind of passion is that?
Evidence duly noted and logged against the Folly Bureau of Investigation. :D Rita