“Gosh Beav, you think he would at least carried in a note with a name?”
Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) didn’t hide his surprise during a House Judiciary Committee hearing on Thursday in which FBI Director Robert Mueller told the lawmaker he wasn’t aware of the details surrounding the FBI’s probe of the IRS.
In a heated exchange, Jordan blasted Mueller for not being able to give names of investigators heading the investigation.
“This is the most important case in the country for the past six weeks and you don’t know who the most important person is, leading the case?” Jordan asked.
“Not off the top of my head,” Mueller replied.
Mueller testified that he didn’t “know what the status of the interviews are[.]” The Daily Caller brings the outgoing FBI Director up to date — they’re not happening:
“We have not been contacted by any federal investigative agency and, to date, none of our clients have been contacted or interviewed by the FBI,” Jay Sekulow of the American Center for Law and Justice told The Daily Caller on Thursday. The ACLJ has filed suit against the IRS on behalf of 25 conservative groups, with additional groups being added in the next couple weeks, according to a spokesman.
“I have been very surprised that I have not heard from anybody and frankly, none of my clients have. I talk to other tea party leaders on a regular basis,” said Cleta Mitchell, the lawyer largely credited with pushing the IRS abuses to the forefront.
“It’s been a month and I can’t see any evidence of an investigation of the IRS,” Mitchell told TheDC Thursday. She represents nine tea party groups targeted by the IRS.
Tea Party Patriots — a group with thousands of local chapters — “has not been contacted by the FBI” either, according to Jameson Cunningham, the group’s spokesman.
In defense of Mueller, his people shouldn’t be interviewing witnesses just yet. This is a BIG case with thousands of documents and emails and reports. The victims are really the icing on the cake. The issue will be following the chain of command on the directives. A good interviewer never asks a question of a suspect unless they understand the case and know what the answer should be.
That said, for Mueller not do know who is in charge or how many agents are assigned is disturbing. If this were a terrorist act or someone going after a Republican figure the Special prosecutor and his assistants would have had the press conference by now outlining the effort. This makes some people wonder just how many people are seriously working on it.
Who runs the FBI? Eric Holder’s DOJ. That alone is chilling.
Human Events agree.
We’ve entered a Golden Age of Incompetence under the Obama Administration, in which nobody in charge is expected to know anything about the agencies they nominally supervise. Given the precedents set by President Obama, Attorney General Eric Holder, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and others, it would actually be foolish and dangerous for these people to stay on top of their subordinates. As long as incompetence is accepted as a defense against oversight, there’s no reason for a top official to go sticking his nose into any potential scandal bear traps.
“The revelation suggests that the FBI is in no hurry to get to the bottom of the scandal, despite the Obama administration’s promise to investigate the IRS’s multi-year abuse of conservative groups,” Vince Coglianese of the Daily Caller drily observed after learning the victims had not yet been contacted by “investigators.”
That goes double for the FBI Director admitting he has no idea who’s running the case that has gripped America’s attention for the past month. Can anyone point to a single shred of evidence anywhere that the Obama Administration considers this a serious abuse of power that must be thoroughly investigated, with the responsible parties publicly denounced and swiftly barred from accessing sensitive information?
Obama says we are in trouble if the people don’t trust their government. Sadly the mistrust is well founded due to the actions of this administration. For him to complain about it is like a Roman Caesar complaining about how nobody likes him because he had them killed.
Update: Giuliani agrees. If you are in charge during a big scandal, you need to know the players, not looking disinterested. I wonder what they have on Mueller?