Sure, the FBI allegedly won’t be prosecuting anyone for Obama’s IRS scandal. Because the fix is clearly in.
The criminal probe was launched last May, as Republicans pressed Obama administration officials as to how the targeting of such groups could have lasted for more than a year, beginning in 2010.
As he announced the investigation, Attorney General Eric Holder said the FBI and Justice Department would conduct a thorough probe of actions at the IRS. “Those were, I think, as everyone can agree, if not criminal, they were certainly outrageous and unacceptable,” he said.
The FBI explored a number of possible violations, including those involving statutes within the IRS code that prohibit the misuse or improper disclosure of taxpayer information. Another area examined was whether any IRS officials lied about what happened and the reasons for it. The people familiar with the probe wouldn’t say who was interviewed.
The probe has been freighted with political suspicions. Cleta Mitchell, a lawyer who has represented about a dozen groups that faced such IRS questioning, said the FBI has yet to contact her clients over the issue. “As far as I can tell, nobody has actually done an investigation. This has been a big, bureaucratic, former-Soviet-Union-type investigation, which means that there was no investigation,” she said. “This is a deplorable abuse of the public trust, but I am not surprised.”
Just last weeks some Tea Party groups said they were contacted by the FBI for the first time.
The FBI finally has begun to contact some of the tea party groups targeted by the Internal Revenue Service for inappropriate scrutiny in the first public signs that the administration’s criminal investigation is progressing.
A lawyer representing some of the tea party groups that battled the IRS for tax-exempt status told The Washington Times that a “small number” of his clients were recently contacted, seven months after the investigation was supposed to have begun.
Four days later they announce there won’t be any charges. Yup, real thorough probe there.