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IRS targeting: FBI, DOJ may be in criminal cahoots, says Vista's Congressman

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The Federal Bureau of Investigation seems to be coordinating with the Department of Justice as well as stonewalling, on the investigation into the IRS’ targeting of American citizen's groups, say Congressmen Darrell Issa and Jim Jordan.

On Tuesday, according to a report from theHill, Issa and Jordan were said to be concerned about recent FBI actions which seem to suggest that "... the bureau and political appointees at the Justice Department are trying to hinder the Oversight panel’s investigation into the IRS targeting of tax-exempt groups."

A letter, sent from the two representatives of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee to FBI director James Comey on Monday, quoted in the Hill, states:

“The department's tactics have impeded a congressional investigation and interfered with the committee's access to documents and information. Obstructing a congressional investigation is a crime. Making false statements to congressional staff is also a crime.”

From the letter, found here in a Politicolink, the representatives stated concern that the DOJ's senior officials may have been preventing a career law enforcement officer, Valerie Parlave the Director of the FBI's Washington Field Office and the agent responsible for conducting the investigation, from sharing her information with the House Oversight panel on the matter.

Back in May the FBI had opened its own investigation into IRS-targeting, according to a Politico report, soon after the IRS acknowledged they had indeed been targeting certain tax-exempt organizations.



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