Sinless IRS? President Obama claims agency under investigation is absolutely pure

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There was “not even a smidgen of corruption” at the Internal Revenue Service, President Barack Obama said Sunday regarding the scandal involving the targeting of conservative groups.

President Barack Obama and Bill O'Reill on Feb. 2.

President Barack Obama and Bill O’Reill on Feb. 2.

If that is true, reporters and Republican members of Congress are asking, why is there an ongoing FBI investigation into the scandal? And why is the FBI refusing to provide Congress details of its investigation?

“There’s an active Justice Department investigation. Doesn’t the President prejudge that investigation when he tells Bill O’Reilly there’s not a smidgen of corruption?” ABC’s Jonathan Karl asked White House Press Secretary Jay Carney Monday. …The president’s view that there is no corruption at the IRS is also backed up by “20 different news organizations,” Carney said.

Since the president believes there was no corruption at the IRS, Karl asked, does that mean the Justice Department should end its investigation into the IRS? “Obviously, we do not interfere with Justice Department investigations,” Carney answered.

To support his view that there is “not even a smidgen of corruption” at the IRS, Obama told O’Reilly that “there have been multiple hearings on it.” The hearings, though, continue, and the FBI has refused to provide testimony to Congress about the investigation.


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