DoJ puts Obama donor in charge of IRS investigation

posted at 8:41 am on January 10, 2014 by Ed Morrissey

Old and busted: How dare the Bush administration politicize the Department of Justice by asking for resignations from political appointees! New hotness: Let’s put donors and political allies in charge of high-profile investigations! The first such case this week comes as Reps. Darrell Issa and Jim Jordan demand to know how the DoJ managed to select a donor to the Obama campaign to investigate political targeting within the IRS:

House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) and Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) issued a letter to U.S. Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. on Wednesday demanding the department remove DOJ trial attorney Barbara Bosserman from the case, saying her involvement is “highly inappropriate and has compromised the administration’s investigation of the IRS.”

Bosserman donated a combined $6,750 to President Obama’s election campaigns and the Democratic National Committee between 2004 and 2012, according to federal campaign finance records.

The American Center for Law and Justice, which represents 41 groups suing the IRS over its controversial screening methods, also criticized the appointment of Bosserman to lead the probe.

“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,” ACLJ chief counsel Jay Sekulow said in a statement Thursday.

The DoJ insisted that it doesn’t take politics into consideration when selecting careerists for assignment, and argued that such consideration might itself break the law:

“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 Justice spokeswoman Dena Iverson. “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.”

Really? The DoJ doesn’t see any potential conflict of interest in assigning a checkbook partisan of that magnitude to an investigation into whether partisans in another executive-branch agency may have targeted political opponents of her preferred side? That’s absurd, but hardly surprising from a DoJ that investigated itself in Fast and Furious, and an administration that investigated itself in the NSA scandal, and issued itself clean bills of health in both cases.

How about with political appointees? That rule wouldn’t apply, no? Then why is a campaign donor to Democrats heading the Bridgegate investigation?

Paul J. Fishman, the U.S. attorney tasked with looking into New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s bridge controversy, has donated to several Democratic politicians and organizations, according to Federal Election Commission records.

Most notably, Fishman – who was nominated for the post by President Barack Obama in June 2009 – donated to then-Sen. Hillary Clinton’s 2008 presidential campaign on June 30, 2007. At the time of the contribution, Clinton was battling then-Sen. Obama for the Democratic presidential nomination. Fishman donated $2,300 to Clinton, according to the FEC.

Fishman also supported then-Sen. John Kerry – who ran for president in 2004 – with a $500 contribution on June 25, 2003, and another donation of $1,200 on July 24, 2003.

All of Fishman’s campaign donations, according to the FEC, appear to have come during his time in private practice and all were directed to Democrats.

Fishman and Christie had tangled before, at least in the transition from Jon Corzine’s administration during an attempt to push through a raft of appointments before Christie took office. That kind of personal animosity, and party loyalties, don’t exactly add up to a dispassionate review of the facts of Bridgegate. It looks more like the DoJ wants a predetermined outcome … as it does whenever its investigations involve politics.

Remember when Democrats cared about the supposed politicization of the DoJ? Good times, good times.


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Bloody infuriating….

Crickets chirping….nothing to see here….

Pound sand issa
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cmsinaz on January 10, 2014 at 8:44 AM

It seems that within 2 days, the department’s internal ‘investigation’ fully cleared it’s officers…
 
Problem with these things is you have police investigating their own.
 
verbaluce on January 7, 2014 at 6:06 PM

rogerb on January 10, 2014 at 8:45 AM

Why not? Who’s going to stop him? Who’s going to do anything about it? They( this admin)are as corrupt as we allow them to be and will keep doing what they can get away with till someone stops them…and no one is going to stop them and they know it with bold confidence.

Alinsky on January 10, 2014 at 8:46 AM

OT 6.7

Some blaming the cold weather……

I don’t care I’ll take that number
-obama

I guess we don’t need to extend bennies now
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cmsinaz on January 10, 2014 at 8:46 AM

Never in my wildest dreams did I ever envision a country falling so fast in 5 yrs. Never.

hillsoftx on January 10, 2014 at 8:46 AM

DoJ puts Obama donor in charge of IRS investigation
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What could possibly go wrong, with a Lefty Stacked Agenda Deck!!!

canopfor on January 10, 2014 at 8:47 AM

Issa is an idiot.

Should have brought in a special prosecutor and been done with this nonsense.

Good Lt on January 10, 2014 at 8:48 AM

Stern letter #347 from Mr. Issa. I believe we can all now conclude someone has some serious goods on him.

hillsoftx on January 10, 2014 at 8:49 AM

The fact that this attorney comes from the discredited and highly political Civil Rights Division speaks volumes. What expertise could she possibly have doing an investigation like this? There is an entire public corruption unit at DOJ. Wouldn’t a career attorney from that unit be a better fit? Or better yet, what about a high-powered prosecutor from a big U.S. Attorney’s office?

It would be interesting to know what J. Christian Adams knows and thinks about this woman.

35tww on January 10, 2014 at 8:50 AM

I thought Eric Holder was resigning at the end of 2013. Guess he’s just too valuable to Obama running interference.

Bitter Clinger on January 10, 2014 at 8:50 AM

OT 6.7

Some blaming the cold weather……

I don’t care I’ll take that number
-obama

I guess we don’t need to extend bennies now
/

cmsinaz on January 10, 2014 at 8:46 AM

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canopfor on January 10, 2014 at 8:50 AM

Why not? Who’s going to stop him? Who’s going to do anything about it? They( this admin)are as corrupt as we allow them to be and will keep doing what they can get away with till someone stops them…and no one is going to stop them and they know it with bold confidence.

Alinsky on January 10, 2014 at 8:46 AM

In the case of the IRS investigation, it would require the House Republicans to grow a set of b@lls. Well that and actually care about the abuses at the IRS. Secretly, I think a lot of them are happy that the Tea Party and conservatives are being targeted.

In the case of CRISTie, something tells me he won’t just sit there and take it if it looks like the Obama regime is trying to destroy him by appointing a political hack to look into Bridgegate. He may be a RINO, but he ain’t a pushover.

Doughboy on January 10, 2014 at 8:51 AM

Doughboy, you have a real good point. Maybe Chnristie is the one to finally fight back, hmm. Could get interesting.

esr1951 on January 10, 2014 at 8:56 AM

Alinsky on January 10, 2014 at 8:46 AM

+1

MJBrutus on January 10, 2014 at 8:58 AM

:)
Canopfor

cmsinaz on January 10, 2014 at 8:58 AM

Never in my wildest dreams did I ever envision a country falling so fast in 5 yrs. Never.

hillsoftx on January 10, 2014 at 8:46 AM

There are no more honorable men. Imagine if Harry Reid, Barak Obama, Eric Holder or Christie for that matter had been in charge of writing our constitution. I weep for my country. And these are some of our best politicians, apparently, because all that matters is getting elected and wielding power to punish your enemies and reward your supporters. There is no attachment to the idea of The United States of America or her people.

magicbeans on January 10, 2014 at 9:02 AM

Corruptocrats…. UNITE!

ExpressoBold on January 10, 2014 at 9:03 AM

:)
Canopfor

cmsinaz on January 10, 2014 at 8:58 AM

cmsinaz:–:0

canopfor on January 10, 2014 at 9:06 AM

Never in my wildest dreams did I ever envision a country falling so fast in 5 yrs. Never.
 
hillsoftx on January 10, 2014 at 8:46 AM

 

“We are five days away from fundamentally transforming the United States of America.”
 
Barack Obama, October 30, 2008

rogerb on January 10, 2014 at 9:06 AM

…this is like putting one of Charles Manson’s followers in charge of investigating the ‘Helter Skelter’ murders!

What could go wrong?!

easyt65 on January 10, 2014 at 9:13 AM

How many times has Issa questioned the actions of the DOJ now, I wonder. And how many times has anything gotten changed because of his investigations or his objections? Any? I guess the government has become so corrupt that it doesn’t matter what they do anymore, there are never any consequences. They just keep right on doing whatever they want. I’ll bet there aren’t going to be anything but miniscule changes in the NSA surveillance policies they’re meeting about today, either.

scalleywag on January 10, 2014 at 9:14 AM

Holder:
- The same guy who stepped in to drom criminal charges against members of the militant New Black Panther party who were arrested for intimidating voters at an election polling site.

- This is the guy who said no cases of discrimination against whites will be heard on his watch.

- The same guy who stepped in to drop criminal charges against a black woman / election monitoring supervisor who bragged to the media in 2012 that she had voted 4 -5 times for Obama.

- This is the man who was caught perpetrating 3 Felony counts of Perjury before Congress regarding the investigation into Fast & Furious. He escaped jail because his hand-picked DOJ refused to press charges, leaving Congress with their only option – they ‘Censured’ him, making Holder the 1st Atty General the 1st/only Atty General in U.S. History to be Censured (& Censured for a Felony Crime). He has not lost his job because Obama has protected his Felonious Perjuring Atty General. Holder went on to perpetrate another Felony count of Perjury when he told Congress he had no idea who ordered the spying on of the media & their parents…only to admit later it was he who had ordered it.

Again, this is like putting the head of the Gestapo in charge of investigating Hitler for ‘War Crimes’!

easyt65 on January 10, 2014 at 9:21 AM

Lemme guess how this plays out…

IRS scandal = overblown nothing burger generated by racist teabaggers…

Bridge gate = typical example of white privilege and abuse of power…

or something…

workingclass artist on January 10, 2014 at 9:25 AM

Child’s play…did you hear?

Governor Christie Wiped his azz on Fort Lee.

ToddPA on January 10, 2014 at 9:27 AM

scalleywag on January 10, 2014 at 9:14 AM

During Congressional Investigations nto numerous scandals held by Issa…

…Two former heads of the IRS were caught perpetratng Felony Counts of Perjury

…One ‘big fish’ in the IRS scandal was allowed to give a statement then plead the 5th…and then allowed to step down with a frickin’ HUGE pension & benefits…

…the Atty General was Censured for 3 Felony Counts of Perjury…which did not stop him from appearing before Congress and getting caught AGAIN perpetrating another Felony Count of Perjury…

…and there is more.

Issa seems to think exposing these crimes is good enough. In his defense, the Cogressional investigation committees really do not have the authority and/or power to charge anyone with a crime or seriously punish anyone. As we saw with Holder, he was caught dead-to-rights perjuring himself literally again and again and again and end up only being ‘Censured’ because that is all the Congressional Committee has the power to do…and because this administration protects its criminals.

easyt65 on January 10, 2014 at 9:28 AM

Issa’s looking into this, so we’ll never hear about it again I guess.

Akzed on January 10, 2014 at 9:32 AM

easyt65 on January 10, 2014 at 9:28 AM

Yea, that’s what I mean, we have investigations and we expose corruption where possible and there are hearings but the IRS resignation could hardly be called a punishment. It’s a joke. Justice is a joke in this administration. I appreciate what Issa does, but it seems the corrupt administration usually wins.

scalleywag on January 10, 2014 at 9:34 AM

LENO: ‘Now That Christie Is Denying Everything He Sounds Even More Presidential’…

now that’s funny :)

scalleywag on January 10, 2014 at 9:35 AM

Whatever happened to Patrick Fitzgerald?

MayBee on January 10, 2014 at 9:39 AM

Whatever happened to Patric9k Fitzgerald?

MayBee on January 10, 2014 at 9:39 AM
Good point..As far as Christie goes this will be like the Scooter Libby investigation..:(

Dire Straits on January 10, 2014 at 9:58 AM

Nothing this administration does surprises me anymore. They do anything to protect their own, even if it is obvious to every intelligent person in the nation.

What does surprise me is Congress lets them get away with it and does nothing beyond sending a memo/letter to stop it. What a bunch of feckless cowards.

sadatoni on January 10, 2014 at 10:07 AM

Whatever happened to Patrick Fitzgerald?

I had to look that up and it seems he stepped down after he
“convicting and imprisoning former Govs. George Ryan and Rod Blagojevich and numerous other top pols”

Need more like him!

scalleywag on January 10, 2014 at 10:13 AM

“Personnel decisions” in other than the cloud-cuckoo land of Obama politics, refers to hiring, firing, promotion, etc. not job assignments. This is just BS!

tngmv on January 10, 2014 at 10:29 AM

Never in my wildest dreams did I ever envision a country falling so fast in 5 yrs. Never.

hillsoftx on January 10, 2014 at 8:46 AM

…it happens…when all you get…is ‘stern’ letters!

KOOLAID2 on January 10, 2014 at 10:47 AM

Come on in, trolls. I’d love to hear your defense of this.

CurtZHP on January 10, 2014 at 11:05 AM

The entire Obama Regime is chocked full of black racists (and you bet your ass they can be racists), and blatant, out of the closet FASCISTS.

The only way we are EVER going to be able to clean out Washington will be to burn it down and start over. Anything short of that and it will continue being a complete and total cesspool.

Meople on January 10, 2014 at 11:27 AM

Taxpayers are paying someone to investigate Bridgegate? WTF? Some political apointees closed a few traffic lanes for a few days. They left an email trail showing they were doing it for political purposes. The governor apologized. The people idenitfied as being responsible were fired. The mayor of the city involved accepted the actions involved. It took less than a week if I recall.

Yet nothing has been done about Fast and Furious, Benghazi, the IRS scandal, Obama’s campaign violations, the Obamacare fiascos, etc., etc, and nothing will be done. What is the point of investigating a situation where corrective action has been taken while at the same time completely blowing off so many matters of much greater importance?

talkingpoints on January 10, 2014 at 11:31 AM

They make foxes and Goebbels indignant.

Schadenfreude on January 10, 2014 at 11:51 AM

Standard operating procedure, do not put armed Roosters to protect the henhouse, use an insider to get the best censuses count.

MSGTAS on January 10, 2014 at 12:18 PM

MOST HONEST, MOST OPEN, MOST TRANSPARENT ADMINISTRATION, EVAH!

GarandFan on January 10, 2014 at 12:38 PM