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Bridget Johnson


February 6, 2014 - 8:02 am

A trio of House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Republicans wrote Attorney General Eric Holder to ask that if the ongoing investigation into IRS targeting really didn’t reveal “smidgen of corruption” as President Obama recently claimed.

And if it really wasn’t a “smidgen,” perhaps the Justice Department could share those findings with Congress.

“In May of 2013, President Obama said he would not tolerate partisan targeting and vowed to ‘make sure that we find out exactly what happened’ at the IRS. Since this situation came to light, we have received very little information on the Department of Justice’s criminal investigation. You testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee on January 29, 2014, that the investigation is open and still proceeding, and criminal charges are still possible, noting, ‘All the options are on the table, given the fact that there has not been a determination either to bring charges or to decline the case,’” Reps. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.), Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) and Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) wrote to Holder.

“Additionally, on January 30, Deputy Attorney General James Cole sent a letter to Representative Jim Jordan refusing to allow any Department employees to testify before Congress because of the on-going nature of the investigation, stating it is the commitment of the Department to avoid ‘… any perception that our law enforcement efforts are subject to undue influence from elected officials. Our disclosure of non-public information about this pending investigation would be inconsistent with this long-standing policy and could undermine judicial confidence in the independence of the criminal justice process,’” the letter continued.

“In contrast to these statements, on Sunday, February 2, the President stated there is ‘not a smidgen of corruption’ at the IRS regarding this targeting, despite the fact the investigation, to the best of our knowledge and according to your recent testimony, is not complete. We hope you can restore our confidence that the investigation into the IRS will be thorough and not swayed by any political biases.”

Gowdy, Jordan and Chaffetz said they have three questions for Holder to now answer:

1)    “If the IRS investigation is ‘ongoing,’ and there has been no determination as to whether criminal charges will be brought, how does the President know there is no criminality?”

2)   “Is the President being briefed on the investigation while it is ongoing?”

3)    “Can Congress be briefed on the status of the investigation and preliminary findings through a bipartisan, bicameral briefing?”

Bridget Johnson is a veteran journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She is an NPR contributor and has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.

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2. is the prez. being briefed while the investigation is ongoing?

maybe it would be more to the point to ask if holder has been briefed as to the exact nature of what the investigation will and will not produce. its a guarantee that not a smidgen of truth will ever come from this evil admin. his liarship travels with the dark side, using whatever is required to achieve purpose.

yes, it looks as if the presidency of our country has a small, gay looking parasitic pimple on its forehead called b.h. obama. meanwhile, pelosi, reid and holder have been hiding the Clearasil while constantly applying some funny looking makeup in a futile attempt to hide the exact extent of the wound. question is, just when is it due to POP?! or will it of the type that eventually kills its host? in this case, even if the host lives, there will be one heck of an awful scar to be seen and felt for generations to come.
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How about the GOP growing a spine and charging Holder with contempt of Congress. He's not gonna answer the question and we know it.
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Yeah, after all, that trick worked last time.
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Good thing they don't attack the elderly. Not even a smidgen.
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The Ministry of Stern Notes has penned yet another one that will be serially ignored.

The Department of Fraudulent Justice will produce no documents, will allow no witnesses, will conduct no investigation and will refuse to cooperate.

Which will prompt, I'm sure, yet another Stern Note. Holder is busy investigating Holder.

He is too busy to be tickled with this feather.

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