FBI Press Leak Indicates No Prosecutions for IRS Targeting

Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., holds up a document as he speaks to IRS official Lois Lerner on Capitol Hill in May. Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., holds up a document as he speaks to IRS official Lois Lerner on Capitol Hill in May. Carolyn Kaster/AP file photo

After six months of intense investigations, the FBI has concluded that no criminal charges are merited for Internal Revenue Service employees who subjected applications from mostly tea-party nonprofits to extra scrutiny, The Wall Street Journal reported Monday afternoon, citing unnamed FBI officials.

According to the leaks, investigators are more likely to wrap up the probe in a few months and characterize the actions mostly by a Cincinnati-based unit of the IRS Exempt Organizations division as bureaucratic mismanagement.

The story drew another protest from House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., and Economic Growth, Job Creation and Regulatory Affairs Subcommittee Chairman Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, who released a joint statement.

“Anonymous -- and apparently politically motivated -- leaks from unnamed law enforcement officials further undermine the public assurances by the current and former FBI directors that this is a legitimate investigation. These leaks come after the Justice Department, citing the confidential nature of the investigation, refused to brief Congress on its progress and congressional investigators independently discovered that a high dollar contributor to the Obama administration failed to recuse herself,” the two lawmakers said. “These revelations further undermine the credibility of Attorney General [Eric] Holder and the Justice Department under his leadership. Given the circumstances, there is little reason for the American people to have confidence in this investigation.”

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