The Internal Revenue Service, never a popular agency to begin with, has suffered irreparable reputational damage in recent months. As reports and testimony revealed agents improperly scrutinized conservative groups more harshly than others, millions of Americans demanded accountability.
Unfortunately, accepting responsibility is not something for which this administration has been known. Instead, the cronyism and corruption that has defined D.C. in recent years is further infiltrating the IRS through an ongoing internal investigation.
According to recent reports, the lawyer in charge of conducting that investigation has made several large donations to the Democrat National Committee and Barack Obama’s presidential campaigns.
House Oversight Committee Chairman Rep. Darrell Issa described the situation as a “startling conflict of interest” and drafted a complaint he sent to Attorney General Eric Holder.
The attorney, Barbara Bosserman, works for the IRS as part of its Civil Rights Commission. Issa explained the fact she has personally donated thousands of dollars to Democrat causes should call into question her ability to serve as an impartial arbiter.
Tea Party groups were unfairly targeted by IRS agents who reportedly believed the White House approved of such bias. Now, it seems, someone with an obvious predilection to follow Obama’s lead is in charge of bringing the scandal-plagued agency’s behavior to light.
Issa – echoing the sentiment of countless other Americans – deems such a setup to be “highly inappropriate,” calling Bossman’s involvement in the investigation “unbelievable.”
As White House sources and flacks in the media continue to contend this is a meritless scandal, more and more evidence surfaces to suggest that IRS improprieties extend deeper than critics originally thought.
Obama Press Secretary Jay Carney would have Americans believe it was just a coincidence that eight in 10 organizations targeted in one IRS investigation were either conservative in nature or expressed opposition to Obama. One might expect similar obfuscation if and when the White House addresses the appointment of Bosserman as lead investigator.
It is obvious Democrats do not want to find the truth as it relates to these outrageous partisan activities. The cover-up, as in previous presidential scandals, is now beginning to overshadow the original malfeasance.
–B. Christopher Agee
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