The Justice Department’s appointee to lead the IRS scandal investigation donated several thousands of dollars to President Barack Obama campaigns, raising concerns from two House Republicans that she may have a conflict-of-interest.
Barbara Bosserman, the Justice Department attorney leading the investigation into the IRS’s targeting of conservative groups, donated a total of $6,100 to Obama’s 2008 and 2012 campaigns, according to FEC records. She also donated $400 to the Democratic National Committee in October 2004 and $250 in November 2008.
House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA) and Regulatory Affairs Subcommittee Chairman Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) have sent a scathing letter to Attorney General Eric Holder, in which they demanded that Bosserman be removed.
“By selecting a significant donor to President Obama to lead an investigation into the inappropriate targeting of conservative groups, the Department has created a startling conflict of interest,” wrote Issa and Jordan in a letter to Holder. “It is unbelievable that the Department would choose such an individual to examine the federal government’s systematic targeting and harassment of organizations opposed to the President’s policies.”
The Republican lawmakers requested that Holder “immediately remove Ms. Bosserman from the ongoing investigation,” adding that the Justice Department “should take all necessary steps to ensure that the DOJ/FBI criminal investigation is thorough and unbiased.”
To this point, the investigation into the IRS’s targeting of conservative groups has been fruitless. The powerful tax agency is, however, considering new rules that would institutionalize and legitimize its inappropriate and unconstitutional actions.
The Justice Department, according to the Washington Post, will not take action to remove Bosserman from the investigation, claiming that such a move could violate its “equal opportunity policy and the law.”