FBI Has Yet To Contact IRS-Targeted Tea Party Groups
On May 14, the FBI claimed they launched an investigation into the IRS fiasco. FBI Director Robert Mueller was famously told Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio on June 13 that he didn't know the name of the lead investigator at the Bureau spearheading the effort. That's almost a month into the alleged investigation. This is a national story. It's a major scandal – and you don't know who the point guy, or gal, that's tasked with getting to the bottom of this debacle?
Joe Schoffstall at CNS News reported on July 2 a disturbing development in this case. There's virtually no FBI investigation. In fact, the FBI has yet to contact any of the groups targeted by the IRS.
Cleta Mitchell, an attorney representing nine tea party groups who were targeted by the IRS, told CNSNews.com that she has not heard from the FBI regarding the case and questions whether an investigation is actually underway.
"I have no reason to believe there is an investigation. It appears to me the Obama administration is only talking to itself," Mitchell stated in an e-mail.
Mitchell and her clients are far from the only ones who are still left in the dark.
American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ) Executive Director Jordan Sekulow, whose organization now represents 41 tea party groups in a case against the IRS, told CNSNews.com that they, too, are waiting to hear anything pertaining to the investigation.
"To date, none of our clients or any of our attorneys has been contacted by the FBI. The Director continues to assert that this is a priority for the Bureau, but at this point, there's little evidence to suggest that this probe is on the fast track," Mr. Sekulow wrote. "There has been no contact with any of the 41 conservative organizations we represent - the real victims of this IRS targeting scheme. Our expanded lawsuit continues to move forward."
Jenny Beth Martin, national coordinator for Tea Party Patriots, said they have reached out to their network of groups and found that they are still waiting to hear from the FBI, as well.
"We have reached out to our network of Tea Party Patriots groups and no one was contacted by the IRS since Lois Lerner revealed the IRS was indeed targeting and discriminating against tea party groups. We are aware the that IRS was in touch with Catherine Englebrecht from True the Vote and perhaps one other group from Florida prior to Lois Lerner's revelation," said Martin.
"Since Lois Lerner, the IRS and the White House have admitted the IRS targeted groups with 'Tea Party' and 'Patriots' in their name, we certainly hope that the FBI contacts us at Tea Party Patriots, since we were the primary victim of this blatant, admitted, and potentially unlawful targeting," she added.