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IRS Targeting, Remember That? DOJ Allowed a Flawed Investigation

August 2, 2016 - 1:30pm

Conservative Washington, D.C.-based watchdog Judicial Watch today released a letter from the Justice Department admitting a Democratic Party/Obama campaign donor and Justice Department attorney spent more than 1,529 hours investigating the IRS targeting conservative organizations in 2010 and 2012.

According to Federal Election Commission records, Barbara Bosserman contributed $6,750 to Obama campaigns and the DNC from 2004 to 2012, including 12 separate contributions to Obama for America between 2008 and 2012.

Anyone expecting the Obama Justice Department and FBI investigations into the Obama IRS scandal to result in criminal charges were sorely mistaken. There were none -- not even one.

The letter results from a Judicial Watch Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) appeal filed in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit on Feb. 16, 2016, which sought to overturn a lower court’s ruling allowing the Department of Justice to withhold these records [Judicial Watch v. U.S. Department of Justice (No. 15-5271)].

After more than two years, the Justice Department agreed to identify the number of hours just prior to the scheduling of oral arguments, during which the agency would have had to justify the withholding of the information.

In February 2014 Judicial Watch filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request, for "All Justice Department records from the Interactive Case Management System (a web-based system for storing and accessing information about contacts, calendars, cases, documents, time tracking, and billing, etc.) detailing the number of hours DOJ Attorney Bosserman expended on the investigation of the Internal Revenue Service targeting conservative organizations seeking tax-exempt status in the 2010 and 2012 elections cycles."

After that, Judicial Watch sued the agency for failing to respond to the FOIA request. [Judicial Watch v. U.S. Department of Justice (No. 1:14-cv-01024)].

In what House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Darryl Issa, R-Calif. called “a startling conflict of interest,” Bosserman was appointed by then-Attorney General Eric Holder to oversee the FBI investigation despite her being a substantial contributor to the political campaigns of Barack Obama and the Democratic National Committee (DNC).

This lawsuit forced the Obama Justice Department to confirm the existence of a criminal investigation into the IRS’ abuses and that Bosserman was part of the team of lawyers criminally investigating the issue.

Tom Fitton
Tom Fitton

In a joint letter to Holder on Jan. 8, 2014, Issa and House Subcommittee on Economic Growth Chairman Jim Jordon, R-Ohio asked that Bosserman be removed from the investigation, charging that her “conflict of interest has tainted any information she has gathered.” Holder refused to remove Bosserman, and she failed to appear at a Feb. 6 House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing called “The IRS Targeting Investigation: What is the Administration Doing?”

“These numbers, extracted from the Obama administration after two years of hard fought litigation, show the central role that a conflicted Obama donor played in the Justice Department investigation of the Obama IRS scandal,” said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton. “Is it any surprise that this compromised investigation found no reason to prosecute anyone in the Obama IRS scandal?”

Through a separate lawsuit, Judicial Watch released FBI investigation records that document interviews with key IRS officials about the Obama IRS targeting scandal.

Reach Nancy Smith at or at 228-282-2423. Twitter: @NancyLBSmith


So, WHAT'S THE SURPRISE?!?!?...With DOJ's list of "past" Attornies Generals", ie. Loretta Lynch ("Hillary classified debacle"; Obama's OTHER "Affirmative-action" appointment ("Fast & Furious" gun sales to Mexican Drug cartels); and 'past' DOJ Presidential appointments who disgraced the 'Office' and America by their actions... "POLITICS" does NOT belong in the Department of Justice..PERIOD...or the CORRUPTION will NEVER end...

Another lying hit piece. They we're found to have investigated all kinds of non profit tax returns of which some were conservative. Lying about it changes nothinng but shows you have nothing . No I correct myself, you have Trump, good luck with that. Personally we should not give non profits tax exemptions as most are scams to not pay taxes raising them for everyone else. Like most tax cuts do.

"jerry" (formerly "jerryd"), get back on your meds,..PLEASE !... You constantly embarrass yourself, you poor soul...

Like the idea of hiring many more knowledgeable IRS agents - and doing their job recovering back taxes owed by those (individuals and corporations) who gamed the system, played fast and loose, and let good middle class folks carry them.

Khizr Khan, google and find out who the Hell this guy is........... you are not going to be happy.

What a piece of garbage Donald Trump is! With all the good attack material he has, particularly how the economy is not performing, he goes and attacks the parents of the only Moslem who ever did anything good in all of world history. He doesn't even point out that the mainstream media is ignoring Patricia Smith's remarks at the Republican convention. His allows his big mouth to control his brain and he didn't even write "The Art of the Deal," on Tony Schwarz did. He is a political moron and he proves the truth of what Abraham Lincoln said: "You can fool some of the people all the time."

I know who Khizr Khan's son is and what he has done. Like Capt. Kahn, I also graduated from UVa - 32 years earlier - but in the NROTC. My student body President, Lt Peter Gray, died while being dragged from a helicopter in Viet Nam. My friend and fellow graduate, Capt. James Terry, USMC, was shot multiple times in the back in Viet Nam and recovered somewhat only after 13 months in a Navy hospital. My other 14 fellow graduates were Marine's, flew F-4's, A-3's, Helicopters, and were Nuclear Submariners, Thomas Jefferson speaks through the voice of Khizr Khan. And those that don't appreciate what Capt. Kahn, his Dad (at the Democratic convention), and Thomas Jefferson said and did, and mean to our country, better find a place to hide. Truth and civility will win out. And comments like yours will always be answered - because your ignorance and bigotry are simply wrong.

I googled him yesterday and was sick after how HRC put him and his wife up on that stage. I thought that was really odd for a Muslim couple to get up on stage at a big celebration of Hollywood Kooks and talk about their grief. Now I know, it came naturally for him. People that are reading this, google this man. You want be angry at Trump anymore. I never saw any of this on the media today. They waste all their time on " He said, She said". Where did all the investigative journalist go that used to fact check their reports?

Your I.P. is now on file.

I will help you.

Obama's pigmentation immunity extends to his ministers and courtiers.

Oh no, the Democrats would 'never' have anything to do with a "compromised investigation"! Then again, so what if Bosserman gave $6750 to the DNC over 12 years, and also to Mr. Obama during two elections. Divide all that up and it doesn't amount to even $85.00 per year! Meanwhile, it took two years and 1529 hours to come up with the report! GREAT Government......NOT!! GO TRUMP!!

Sorry, Mark. When one deducts 2004 from 2012, one gets 8 as a result. Furthermore, $6750 divided by 8 is nearly ten times your figure. I find an annual giving of $843.75 to be rather substantial for a private citizen, but I live in fly-over country. This government needs a "take-down." I suggest a Convention of States, no holds barred.

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