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The IRS scandal: FBI games

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Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013, 8:55 p.m.
 

Doing the bidding of the “politics above all” Obama administration, the FBI has been stonewalling — for six months — a congressional probe of the special scrutiny to which the IRS subjected conservative groups seeking tax-exempt status.

Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., and member Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee have set a Dec. 16 deadline for the FBI to produce documents related to the FBI's own investigation of the IRS. If the FBI doesn't comply, Mr. Issa will subpoena its new director, James B. Comey Jr., reports The Washington Times.

Among targets of that special IRS scrutiny were Catherine Engelbrecht, an officer of conservative groups King Street Patriots and True the Vote, her husband and their company. They were hit with an IRS audit, repeated IRS and FBI questions about both groups' activities and a federal occupational safety investigation.

The FBI maintains it can't release the requested documents because its investigation of the IRS is ongoing. But the FBI tipped its politically motivated hand when, after consulting with the Justice Department, it rescinded an offer to have its assistant director in charge of that probe brief Mr. Jordan in person.

Mr. Comey's brief record as FBI director thus suffers a black mark. And Congress should continue to doggedly pursue and expose the full truth about — and those responsible for — abuse of IRS power aimed at this administration's political opponents.

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