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No Testimony by IRS Investigator, Justice Official Tells Congress

By on 2.3.14 | 8:47PM

Congress will not be allowed to question the Justice Department lawyer leading an investigation of the Internal Revenue Service scandal. In a letter to Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), Deputy Attorney General James Cole said DOJ attorney Barbara Bosserman will not be permitted to testify at a Thursday congressional hearing.

“The department’s longstanding policy, applied across administrations, is to decline to provide Congress with non-public information about ongoing criminal investigations,” Cole wrote in his letter to Jordan, explaining that Bosserman will not testify at a House Government Oversight and Reform Committee hearing. The committee had sought Bosserman’s testimony “due to the administration's failure to provide necessary information about its IRS investigation,” Jordan said.

Bosserman's role in the investigation became controversial last month after it was revealed that she had donated more than $6,000 to President Obama's election campaigns and to the Democratic National Committeee. Last week, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz called for the appointment of a special prosecutor in the IRS scandal.

Republicans have become impatient with the DOJ investigation of the scandal in which the IRS targeted conservative groups, but in an interview with Bill O’Reilly, President Obama claimed that there is no scandal to investigate. There is “not a smidgen of corruption” at the IRS, Obama told O’Reilly in a Fox News interview Sunday.

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