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Rove: Someone's Hiding Something About FBI Probe of IRS

By Greg Richter   |  

Karl Rove doesn't think the FBI's probe of the IRS has been settled yet, but he suspects someone may have told the press that it has as a signal to quash it.

The FBI doesn't comment on ongoing investigations, Rove said Tuesday on Fox News Channel's "On the Record With Greta Van Susteren." 

Yet a Wall Street Journal story on Monday quoted "law enforcement officials" as saying that no charges are expected to be filed unless more evidence turns up.

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Rove noted that the story did not not say the officials were with the FBI, and that "law enforcement officials" could cover the Department of Justice.

FBI director James B. Comey has said within the past week that the investigation is ongoing and is important to the agency, Rove said.

"I doubt that within a matter of days, what he said was an important ongoing investigation has come to a conclusion," he said.

Rove suspects ulterior motives are behind the announcement.

"I think that somebody's trying to send a message to the FBI or somebody's trying to dampen down the temperature on this," he told Van Susteren.

The probe involves IRS targeting of tea party and other conservative groups leading up to the 2012 presidential election. The groups had trouble getting their tax-exempt status approved, making them unable to participate in educating voters about their side of the issues.

Most of those groups say they have not been contacted by the FBI about the investigation.

"So, how do you conduct an investigation if you're not talking to the people who were abused by the IRS?" Rove asked.

Jenny Beth Martin of Tea Party Patriots called the lack of action "outrageous."

"If they don't truly do a real investigation of this, there are always going to be doubts," she told Van Susteren.

Van Susteren said DOJ trial lawyer Barbara Bosserman should have declined the job of leading the IRS investigation because she donated $6,000 to President Barack Obama's election campaign.

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