Issa: FBI Impeding IRS Investigation

Tuesday, 03 Dec 2013 12:14 PM

By Courtney Coren

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Rep. Darrell Issa claims the FBI has delayed handing over information he requested about the Internal Revenue Service targeting of the conservative group True the Vote. Issa, chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, said he may issue a subpoena.

According to Issa and Republican Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio, the committee is still waiting for documents related to the FBI's investigation into the IRS targeting of conservative groups that it began six months ago, The Washington Times reported.

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In a letter to FBI Director James B. Comey Jr., Issa and Jordan they say no information has been released, and the FBI has refused to allow the assistant director overseeing the investigation to brief the committee in person after saying it would.

Issa and Jordan allege political meddling, since the briefing was turned down after FBI officials met with the Justice Department.

"The department's tactics have impeded a congressional investigation and interfered with the committee's access to documents and information," they wrote. "Obstructing a congressional investigation is a crime."

They have given the FBI until Dec. 16 to respond.

The FBI declined to comment on the letter, but said it plans to respond to the congressmen in writing.

The Justice Department said questions about its involvement in the investigation should be sent to the FBI.

It was revealed in May that the IRS was giving additional scrutiny to conservative groups seeking nonprofit status.

True the Vote is an election-integrity group from Texas that was targeted by the IRS and was finally approved in September — three years after applying for 501(c)(3) status.

The group filed a lawsuit against the IRS in May with the help of attorney Cleta Mitchell, who is representing six groups claiming they were targeted by the IRS when they applied for tax-exempt status.

Mitchell told Newsmax that she believes the campaign targeting conservative and tea party groups can be traced to President Barack Obama and top administration officials, based on evidence she has.

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