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DOJ Official Promises They’re Looking into Missing Lerner Emails

But Cole tells lawmakers he can't disclose any information to Congress while investigating.

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Bill Straub

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July 22, 2014 - 12:02 am
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WASHINGTON – The Justice Department’s No. 2 official told a House subcommittee on Thursday that investigators are expanding their probe into the IRS scandal to include Obama administration claims that it is unable to provide certain email records from a key figure because of a computer crash.

Deputy Attorney General James Cole informed lawmakers that he couldn’t provide many details, noting that “in order to protect the integrity and independence of this investigation, we cannot disclose non-public information about the investigation while it remains pending.”

But Cole did tell the Subcommittee on Economic Growth, Job Creation and Regulatory Affairs that the investigation now “includes investigating the circumstances of the lost emails from Ms. (Lois) Lerner’s computer.”

“We recognize the committee’s interest in this matter,” Cole said. “We share that interest and are conducting a thorough and complete investigation and analysis of the allegations of targeting by the IRS. While I know you are frustrated by the fact that I cannot at this time disclose any specifics about the investigation, I do pledge to you that when our investigation is completed, we will provide Congress with detailed information about the facts we uncovered and the conclusions we reached in this matter.”

But some panel members weren’t satisfied with Cole’s reluctance and continued to push for a special prosecutor, questioning the ability of the Justice Department to conduct an unbiased probe. Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), chairman of the Committee on Oversight & Government Reform, pressed Cole to publicly acknowledge that unlawful behavior occurred within the IRS.

“Crimes were committed,” Issa said. “Regulations were violated. Rules were broken and Americans’ constitutional rights were violated by Lois Lerner and perhaps others around her.”

Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), the subcommittee chairman, expressed “serious concerns” about the investigation and again raised the issue of a special prosecutor, citing possible conflicts of interest among those appointed by Attorney General Eric Holder to look into the matter.

Republicans on the committee remain particularly wary about the involvement of Barbara Bosserman, an attorney in the department’s Civil Rights Division, who has contributed to President Obama’s political campaigns.

“These are serious conflicts of interest, but the Justice Department wants us to look the other way,” Jordan said.

Cole told the committee that, despite some reports, Bosserman is not leading the investigation and that her past political contributions do not constitute a conflict so grave that it requires the appointment of a special prosecutor.

“That criminal investigation is being conducted by career attorneys and agents of the department’s Criminal and Civil Rights Divisions, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration,” Cole said. “I have the utmost confidence in the career professionals in the department and the TIGTA and I know that they will follow the facts wherever they lead and apply the law to those facts.”

The investigation involves allegations that the IRS inappropriately scrutinized politically conservative organizations seeking tax-exempt status beginning in February 2012. Under Section 501(c)(4) of the Internal Revenue Code, organizations that meet certain criteria and focus on advancing “social welfare” goals are exempted from federal income taxes, although donations to these organizations are not tax deductible.

Organizations popularly referred to as 501(c)(4)s are allowed to participate in campaign-related activities provided that these activities do not comprise a majority of the organizations’ efforts.

On May 12, 2013, the Treasury Department inspector general issued a report that found that the IRS Division of Exempt Organizations inappropriately targeted Tea Party and other conservative applicants for tax-exempt status and subjected them to heightened scrutiny, resulting in extended delays that sidelined some applicants during the 2012 election cycle.

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A sham investigation has never been used as part of a cover up.

Yeah that never happens.
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Going to need a lot of whitewash to cover that mess. If I were a lower level IRS employee or an IT contractor I'd be very nervous.
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"While I know you are frustrated by the fact that I cannot at this time disclose any specifics about the investigation, I do pledge to you that when our investigation is completed, we will provide Congress with detailed information about the facts we uncovered and the conclusions we reached in this matter.” - Deputy Attorney General James Cole

Let me guess, Mr. Cole. You project that you will may be able to "provide Congress with detailed information about the facts [you] uncovered and the conclusions [you] reached" on or about mid-January 2016, right?
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in 30 or so months a new el presidente supremo will be anointed. I'm pretty sure that person has already been decided upon in private. so what happens when the investigations are allowed to actually investigate this cabal of clowns from chicago? fraud is probably going to be the least of what will be found. who doubts that? now today I hear that obummer is looking at houses. he really going to trust that the next el presidente won't side w/ the truth tellers, maybe just to get his name clear of this crooked band of rats, and then let justice be done to the bad guys from our past? that's just too easy.

maybe our future fugitive 'n theif is just making sure that the mooch and the kids will have a place of their own, ya think? surely he can see his future exposure by remaining w/in the jurisdiction of u.s. laws. in his place I would not trust that last year's 'friends' will want to step into that briar patch they can easily put behind them.

'that don't make no kinda sense.' obwat
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Tell the FBI that some of the e-mails on the crashed server contain child pornography. I'm sure they have a way to recover the files.
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LOL!
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“in order to protect the integrity and independence of this investigation, we cannot disclose non-public information about the investigation while it remains pending.”

Something tells me this "investigation" is going to be "pending" for a long time.
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“We recognize the committee’s interest in this matter. We share that interest and are conducting a thorough and complete investigation and analysis of the allegations of targeting by the IRS. While I know you are frustrated by the fact that I cannot at this time disclose any specifics about the investigation, I do pledge to you that when our investigation is completed, we will provide Congress with detailed information about the facts we uncovered and the conclusions we reached in this matter.”

Oh. Well. Okay then.
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We're still waiting on Gun running to Mexico. Holder was begging a judge not to release the info. Holder was held in Contempt and he could not care less.
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Alijah Cummings is a joke.
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Alright! The Obama DOJ is in charge of finding tapes of emails that might point to wrong doing of the Obama Administration.
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