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Will Attorney General Eric Holder Remove Barbara Bosserman As Head Of Investigation of IRS?


Revelations that a Democrat political donor was appointed to head the criminal investigation into the IRS's targeting of Tea Party and Conservative groups have prompted Congressmen Darrell Issa and Jim Jordan to request that Attorney General Eric Holder remove Department of Justice Trial Attorney, Barbara Bosserman as head of that investigation.

Last November, frustrated that progress into the investigation of IRS abuses against the Tea Party and Conservatives was not progressing, the House Oversight committee subpoenaed Treasury Secretary Jack Lew for documents and communications regarding those abuses, stating that "...Secretary Lew is responsible for providing all pertinent documents Treasury has in its possession, both within and outside the IRS..."

Congressmen Issa and Jordan wanted Lew to produce nine categories of documents by June 27, and complained on that date that he had responded with only 356 pages of documents that were "..mostly letters from Member of Congress and drafts of congressional testimony..."

Lew was not forthcoming and in September the Congressmen reiterated their request, whereupon Lew provided in October, after another delay, "..an additional 800 pages of document[s], mostly draft regulations and comments to proposed regulations..."

The Congressmen again complained the documents were insufficient and subpoenaed for specific documents including:

  • All documents and communications to or from any employee of the U.S. Department of the Treasury referring or relating to Internal Revenue Service processes, procedures, or criteria for evaluating applications for tax exempt status.
  • All documents and communications referring or relating to a June 4, 2012 briefing delivered by the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration to General Counsel Christopher Meade.
  • All documents and communications referring or relating to the disclosure, potential disclosure, or any plan to disclose the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration’s audit 2013-10-53, entitled, Inappropriate Criteria Were Used to Identify Tax-Exempt Applications for Review.
  • All documents and communications to or from any employee of the U.S. Department of the Treasury referring or relating to congressional requests for information about the process for reviewing applications for tax-exempt status.
  • All documents and communications to or from any employee of the U.S. Department of the Treasury referring or relating to the drafting, review, editing, or approval of testimony given to Congress by any employee of the U.S. Department of the Treasury about matters related to the IRS, including, but not limited to, communications between and among employees of the U.S. Department of the Treasury and employees of the Office of Management and Budget.
  • All documents and communications to or from any employee of the U.S. Department of the Treasury referring or relating to the drafting, review, editing, or approval of letters sent by the IRS to any Member of Congress, including, but not limited to, the following letters:
  • Steven Miller’s letter to House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp, dated July 1, 2011;
  • Steven Miller’s letter to House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp, dated July 25, 2011;
  • Joseph Grant’s letter to House Ways and Means Oversight Subcommittee Chairman Charles Boustany, dated November 18, 2011;
  • Joseph Grant’s letter to House Ways and Means Oversight Subcommittee Chairman Charles Boustany, dated March 12, 2012;
  • Joseph Grant’s letter to House Ways and Means Oversight Subcommittee Chairman Charles Boustany, dated March 23, 2012;
  • Lois Lerner’s letter to House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa and House Subcommittee on Economic Growth, Job Creation and Regulatory Affairs Chairman Jim Jordan, dated April 26, 2012;
  • Joseph Grant’s letter to House Ways and Means Oversight Subcommittee Chairman Charles Boustany, dated April 26, 2012;
  • Steven Miller’s letter to Senator Orrin Hatch, dated April 26, 2012;
  • Lois Lerner’s letter to House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa and House Subcommittee on Economic Growth, Job Creation and Regulatory Affairs Chairman Jim Jordan, dated May 4, 2012;
  • Steven Miller’s letter to House Ways and Means Oversight Subcommittee Chairman Charles Boustany, dated June 15, 2012; and
  • Steven Miller’s letter to Senator Orrin Hatch, dated September 11, 2012.
  • All documents and communications to or from any employee of the U.S. Department of the Treasury referring or relating to the establishment of the IRS Affordable Care Act Office and related personnel and staffing decisions for the Affordable Care Act Office.
  • All documents and communications to or from any employee of the U.S. Department of the Treasury referring or relating to any internal IRS evaluation, review, or investigation into the processing of applications for tax-exempt status.


Meanwhile the Obama Administration's "solution" to the problem of IRS abuses was to change existing regulations governing groups, such as the Tea Party and Conservative groups that had been targeted by the IRS.  The IRS rule change was to set up "social welfare" organizations under Section 501(c)4 of the tax code, with the "primary" purpose of social welfare.  Previously IRS regulaltions were interpreted to mean that such organizations were required to dedicate at least 51 percent of their funds on things like community beautification and education.

That did not sit well with Oversight Committee Congressmen and in late November, Chairman Issa responded:

"...This new effort by the Obama Administration to limit traditional advocacy efforts by social welfare organizations will have a much more profound impact on grassroots and community organizations than on the well-heeled groups it supposedly targets. The fact that the Administration’s new effort only applies to social welfare organizations — and not powerful unions or business groups — underscores that this is a crass political effort by the Administration to get what political advantage they can, when they can.,,The Committee’s interim report into the IRS’s targeting scandal explained how the Citizens United decision caused the IRS to handle conservative tax-exempt applicants in a distinct and unfair manner. The regulation released today continues this Administration’s unfortunate pattern of stifling constitutional free speech.”

Since then it has come to light that a Democrat donor (as in, political monetary contributions) is heading up the investigation into IRS abuses.  (Tantamount to the wolf guarding the hen-house?) Expressing obvious outrage in a letter to Holder, about Barbara Bosserman heading the Justice Department's  investigation of the IRS, the Congressmen reminded the Attorney General that:

"...When the IRS's misconduct became public in May 2013, you called it 'outrageous and unacceptable' and ordered a Department of Justice Investigation in coordination with the Federal Bureau of Investigation.  In light of indications that the Bureau was not taking the investigation serioulsly, we have written to FBI Directro James Comey on September 6, 2013, and again on December 2, 2013, seeking information about the status of this matter...The FBI has failed to provide the requested information, and after Department officials apparently interfered, the Bureau rescinded an offer to meet with [Congressman] Mr. Jordan to discuss the investigation...As we pointed out in our most recent letter to Director Comey on December 2, 2013, the FBI's blatant lack of cooperation with the Committee may rise to the level of criminal obstruction of a congressional investigation..."

Issa and Jordan minced no words, confronting the Attorney General with new information that "raises additional questions about the integrity of the DOJ/FBI investigation."  Their letter to Holder says that "[s]ince the FBI has refused to cooperate with the Committee's oversight, the Committee [has] requested information about the DOJ/FBI investigation from current and former IRS officials whom the Committee has interviewed about their respective roles in the targeting of conservative groups.  According to several current and former IRS officials whom both the Committee and the Department have interviewed, Barbara Bosserman, a trial attorney in the Department's Civil Rights Division, is leading the DOJ/FBI investigation."

The letter then provides an itemized list of dollar amount donations by Bosserman to the Democratic National Committee, Obama for America, and the Obama Victory Fund, which covered a period from October of 2004 to November of 2012, totaling $6,750.00.  The Congressmen then declare:

"...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. It is unbelievable that the Department would choose such an individual to examine the federal government's systematic targeting and harassment of organizations opposed to the President's policies.  At the very least, Ms. Bosserman's involvement is highly inappropriate and has compromised the Administration's investigation of the IRS.  We request that you immediately remove Ms. Bosserman from the ongoing investigation.  In addition, since the aforementioned conflict of interest has tainted any information Ms. Bosserman gas gathered thus far, we request that you take all necessary steps to ensure that the DOJ/FBI criminal investigation is thorough and unbiased, including steps to remedy the damage created by Ms. Bosserman's leadership of and participation in the investigation..."

In a related statement about the letter to Holder, Issa and Jordan said:

"...It is unbelievable that the Department would choose such an individual to examine the federal government’s systematic targeting and harassment of organizations opposed to the President’s policies...At the very least, Ms. Bosserman’s involvement is highly inappropriate and has compromised the Administration’s investigation of the IRS..."


While it is definitely appropriate that the Congressmen be outraged, and that they find it unbelievable that the Justice department cannot police itself to maintain a climate of political objectivity (as opposed to political bias), and as appalling as it might be, when are the arrogant, tyrannical actions of an oppressive government enough to move the citizenry to more sanctions than the back and forth ping pong-ing of political hot potatoes?  What does it take to catalyze the outrage into causative action that will hold government servants accountable for their criminal offenses?

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Comment by Ann L. Duval on January 26, 2014 at 12:54pm

This is EXACTLY the point:  "when are the arrogant, tyrannical actions of an oppressive government enough to move the citizenry to more sanctions than the back and forth ping pong-ing of political hot potatoes?  What does it take to catalyze the outrage into causative action that will hold government servants accountable for their criminal offenses?"  WHEN?? Granted calling attention to corruption is extremely important; however, we have have committee after committee, letter after letter, demanding answers - and this administration continually defies anyone it wishes.  They show us that we have a lame and corrupt congress, as well as a lame and corrupt Supreme Court.  We can see clearly that the Justice Department has been for five years the Dept of Injustice.  I personally see black supremacy afoot everywhere I look.  When congress is unwilling to get a spine and do their job, uphold the Constitution, arrest major players in our government and elsewhere for their clear and undeniable treason, that is when we will see America begin its return to sanity.  Is anyone else sick and tired of all this committee grandstanding, this world of make believe that most on Capitol Hill want us to swallow?  I am continually offended that those we put in office think we are morons; that we cannot see their treason and their corruption!

Comment by Duke-Jinx on January 25, 2014 at 10:38pm

Replace Ms. Bosserman ?? No Problem !! I'm sure He has a few people in mind. Remember...

...   if you, or I can think of it... and it's dastardly in nature,   ..'they' have it in the works with contingency plans  A,B &C Duke ~2007

The last paragraph.. is the crux. America needs a Special Prosecutor to investigate this admin on more than just a few 'phoney scandals' before the 014 elections.  Mass education is the key.. Thanks Chalice

Comment by Lucy Overstreet on January 25, 2014 at 8:49pm

All of this is rotten to the core.  We must pray for truth to be revealed before they come and take us away.  The times are evil indeed.

Comment by James R. Boy on January 25, 2014 at 6:29pm

This is the height of Treason... Using the system against "We the People". This is why the Tea Party had to be formed. because the Republicans and the Democrats are all the same. Pick your poison. Get rid of all the incumbents. All of them !!

Comment by SGT William A. Geresy (ret) on January 11, 2014 at 7:37pm

The Attorney General of INjustice Holder is this crime syndicates go to lawyer.  Holder will do all he can to protect Barry and persecute those that oppose the Usurper.

I am sure that Holder will write the final report and it will conclude that the IRS did nothing wrong.  It was all the fault of the TEA Party groups for filing incorrect and or incomplete forms that caused all the delays and added reviews.

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