Two GOP lawmakers and a conservative legal group are not happy after Attorney General Eric Holder selected an Obama donor to head up the investigation into the IRS's targeting of political groups during the 2010 and 2012 elections, the Washington Post reported Thursday.
Barbara Bosserman, a trial attorney with the Department of Justice, was selected to head up the investigation, but federal elections records show she donated a combined $6,750 to President Obama’s election campaigns and the Democratic National Committee since 2004.
The vast majority of the contributions, the Post said, came during the last two presidential election cycles.
The news did not sit well with House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., and Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio.
In a letter sent Wednesday to Holder, the two Republicans said Bosserman's involvement is “highly inappropriate and has compromised the administration’s investigation of the IRS.”
"By selecting a significant donor to president Obama to lead an investigation into inappropriate targeting of conservative groups, the Department has created a startling conflict of interest," the letter adds.
The two GOP House members also called her appointment "unbelievable" and said any information gleaned from Bosserman's work would be tainted.
The appointment also did not sit well with the American Center for Law and Justice, a conservative legal group representing 41 organizations now suing the IRS over its actions.
“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,” said chief counsel Jay Sekulow.
The Justice Department, however, sees nothing wrong with appointing what amounts to an Obama political hack to investigate actions done against Obama's political opponents.
“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 DOJ spokeswoman Dena Iverson. “Additionally, 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.”
But, one might ask, what about the targeting of groups because of their political points of view? Do those groups no longer have equal protection because Obama is in the White House?
Immediately after the scandal broke, the ACLJ notes, the administration promised to get to the bottom of it.
"Yet," the ACLJ said, "as the months dragged on the Obama Administration’s reaction went from outraged to outlandish. Suddenly the scandal was 'phony.' The IRS began stonewalling congressional efforts to get to the bottom of this and hold those responsible accountable."
Imagine the outrage and media frenzy that would ensue if Governor Chris Christie were to appoint one of his major donors to investigate his own political retribution scandal," Matthew Clark wrote in an article calling the appointment a "scandal unto its own."
"It would be unfathomable," he said in a bit of an understatement.
Incidents like this are part of the reason articles of impeachment were recently introduced against Attorney General Eric Holder.
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