Jim Jordan: IRS Targeting Probe a 'Sham'

Wednesday, 15 Jan 2014 01:45 PM

By Wanda Carruthers

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The probe into the targeting by the Internal Revenue Service of conservative nonprofit groups is a "sham," as evidenced by having Obama political contributor Barbara Bosserman heading up the inquiry, Rep. Jim Jordan said Wednesday.

"She's a political contributor to the Obama campaign. That's why this is such a sham," the Ohio Republican told "Fox & Friends."

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The Wall Street Journal reported Monday an investigation into the issue "did not find the kind of political bias or enemy hunting that would amount to a violation of criminal law" among IRS officials. The report further stated the FBI was not planning to file criminal charges, although the case is still under investigation.

Critics maintained skepticism about the credibility of the administration of President Barack Obama to investigate itself in the IRS scandal. Bosserman, who donated over $6,000 to the president's reelection efforts, is a lawyer at the Department of Justice. Jordan said her involvement shows the investigation lacks credibility.

"Talk about a biased representation, biased investigation. This is what concerns us. Her loyalty is to the president, not to getting to the truth and giving the American people the truth," Jordan, a former chairman of the conservative Republican Study Committee, said.

The four-term congressman indicated it was also problematic that Bosserman's involvement did not come to light until conservative groups revealed she had interviewed them. He also questioned why the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice led the investigation, rather than the Criminal Division.

"Why this Civil Rights Division? Why the most political division in the Justice Department? Why not the Criminal Division? Why not a criminal lawyer? Someone who's actually, maybe, been in a courtroom," Jordan asked.

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