The White House pulled strings to ensure Bosserman’s visit in 2009
January 13, 2014
The White House visitor records show that the head of the criminal probe into the IRS’s targeting of Tea Party groups visited President Obama in 2009 after receiving an unusual invitation from the White House.
According to the records, a White House staffer with the Office of Public Engagement requested that Justice Dept. attorney Barbara Kay Bosserman come to an Oct. 28, 2009 “Hate Crimes Event” as Obama’s guest, a visit which ultimately lasted over seven hours.
An anonymous Justice Dept. source told Fox News that it was “extraordinary” for the White House to specifically invite a career employee to come visit the president and that her attendance had to be cleared through the byzantine hierarchy of the Justice Dept.
In other words, the administration pulled strings to ensure her visit with Obama.
The source also said that it was “extremely odd” that Bosserman, an attorney from the Civil Rights Division, would be selected for the IRS probe instead of a prosecutor from the Public Integrity unit of the Criminal Division.
Campaign financial records show that Bosserman donated over $6,000 to Obama’s 2008 and 2012 presidential campaigns and that she also donated money to the Democrat Party and the “Obama Victory Fund.”
In 2010, Attorney General Eric Holder awarded her the John Marshall Award for Preparation or Handling of Legislation for “outstanding performance in developing and advocating the department’s position on critical hate crimes legislation.”
In light of these developments, Reps. Darrell Issa (R-CA) and Jim Jordan (R-OH) both demanded that Bosserman be removed from the IRS investigation.
“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,” they wrote in a letter to Holder. “At the very least, Ms. Bosserman’s involvement is highly inappropriate and has compromised the administration’s investigation of the IRS.”
Last year, the IRS admitted that it had singled out political groups applying for tax-exempt status for extra scrutiny based on their political affiliations, particularly those with conservative and libertarian values.
The scrutiny was so severe that the tax agency even demanded that a pro-life group describe in detail “the content of the members of [the] organization’s prayers,” according to the Thomas More Society.
“Would that be an inappropriate question to a 501(c)(3) applicant?” Rep. Aaron Schock (R-Ill.) asked then-IRS chief Steven Miller during a House hearing on the scandal. “The content of one’s prayers?”
Miller soon resigned over the scandal, but that was hardly a punishment: he was planning on leaving the IRS anyway, regardless of the controversy.
His resignation was merely a ploy to keep the blame for the scandal shifted away from the White House, even though that is precisely where it belongs.
Bosserman’s appointment to lead the investigation also serves the same goal.