The FBI and the Department of Justice have launched a investigation into whether crimes were committed in the targeting by the IRS of conservative groups. “The FBI is coordinating with the Justice Department to see if any laws were broken in connection with those matters,” Attorney General Eric Holder during a briefing today. “We are examining the facts to see if there were criminal violations.”
Attorney General Holder today said he had nothing to do with seizing phone records of the Associated Press, revealing that he had recused himself from the whole case because he was interviewed by the FBI in connection with the investigation. Holder spoke at the Justice Department. Here is some video from the briefing: Instead, Holder said, it was Deputy Attorney General Jim Cole who rounded
Chuck Todd of NBC News this morning did a good and succinct job of laying out the problems with the massive Justice Department culling of Associated Press phone records. Todd notes the crux of the issue: Reporters rely on confidentiality to do their jobs. No confidentiality – then no scoops, no information the government doesn’t want you to have, no accountability. Once people think –
New evidence is emerging that the probes into the tax status of conservative organizations, which the administration has claimed were confined to a rogue operation in Cincinnati, in fact stretched well into Washington – and how far is anyone’s guess. Increasingly, the assertion that a few dummies in Cincy did something stupid is sounding like the Nixon-era claim that Watergate was just a third-rate burglary.
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