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Investigating the IRS: The fix is in

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Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014, 9:00 p.m.

Break out the hip boots. For things have gotten deep in the Justice Department's now clearly faux investigation of the Internal Revenue Service for improperly targeting tea party groups seeking tax-exempt status during the 2012 election cycle.

Fast on the heels of appointing a “ringer” prosecutor to handle the case — civil rights trial lawyer Barbara Bosserman, who was a hardly insignificant donor to President Obama's two White House runs and the national Democratic Party — comes an investigation-corrupting leak from, gee, we can only guess where:

The FBI has no plans to file criminal charges in the case, The Wall Street Journal reports.

“While the case is still being investigated and could remain open for months, officials familiar with its progress said it is increasingly unlikely that any criminal charges will result,” the newspaper reported Monday.

What makes the news all the more farcical is that some of the targeted conservative groups say they've only recently been contacted by the feds or not at all.

And do remember, as Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, reminded, that “these leaks come after the Justice Department, citing the confidential nature of the investigation, refused to brief Congress on its progress.”

Indeed, the fix is in — surely it was from the start — and the whitewash is being applied by the pallet.

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