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GOP Outraged IRS Lead Investigator is Obama Donor, Didn't Mind Henry Kissinger Leading 9/11 Investigation

| by Michael Allen

Republicans are furious that Justice Department attorney Barbara Kay Bosserman is leading an investigation of the IRS on whether or not the government agency improperly targeted Tea Party groups.

Fox News reports today that Bosserman visited the White House in October 2009 when President Obama signed a law making it a federal crime to assault someone because of their sexual orientation.

Dozens of other people were also present, including Labor Secretary Thomas Perez (who was also Bosserman's supervisor at the Justice Department at the time) and NAACP President Benjamin Jealous.

According to campaign finance records, Bosserman gave more than $6,000 to Obama's two presidential runs.

Last week, Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) and Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) requested that US Attorney General Eric Holder remove Bosserman from leading the IRS probe, which Holder refused to do.

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"By selecting a significant donor to President Obama to lead an investigation into inappropriate targeting of conservative groups, the Department has created a startling conflict of interest," Reps. Issa and Jordan wrote in a letter to Holder.

"It is unbelievable that the [Justice] Department would choose such an individual to examine the federal government's systematic targeting and harassment of organizations opposed to the President's policies," added Reps. Issa and Jordan.

However, Fox News, Rep. Issa and Rep. Jordan failed to mention that Republican President George W. Bush appointed longtime Republican Henry Kissinger to head the 9/11 Commission to probe the 9/11 terrorist attack and the Bush administration's response.

Kissinger, who served as Secretary of State under two Republican presidents, was named head of The National Commission on Terrorist Attacks on November 22, 2002.

Republicans did not voice opposition to Kissinger's appointment even though he served under GOP Presidents Nixon and Ford, but they did oppose 9/11 commission member Jamie Gorelick, a Democrat, noted CNN.

The San Francisco Chronicle reported that Kissinger resigned about month later because he didn't want to make financial and client disclosures about his firm Kissinger Associates, as other 9/11 commission members had to do.

Sources: The San Francisco Chronicle, Fox News, Wikipedia.org, CNN