Republicans said Thursday that political contributions by Barbara Bosserman, a prosecutor in the Justice Department's civil rights division, raised questions about her objectivity and the integrity of the investigation into the IRS.
"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," Rep.
"At the very least, Ms. Bosserman's involvement is highly inappropriate and has compromised the administration's investigation of the IRS," wrote Issa, chairman of the
Justice officials defended Bosserman's appointment, saying that she had a "constitutional right" to contribute personal money to political campaigns and that federal agencies are not permitted by law to make personnel decisions based on someone's political affiliation.
Justice Department spokeswoman Dena Iverson said inquiring about a potential appointee's political leanings is contrary to department policy and prohibited under federal law. She said removing Bosserman from the post "could also violate the equal opportunity policy and the law."
According to records from the
The Republican congressmen called it a "significant amount of money" for Obama and characterized Bosserman as a "longtime financial backer" of the DNC.
Jay Sekulow, chief counsel for the American Center for Law and Justice, which is suing the IRS on behalf of organizations allegedly targeted with audits, said Bosserman's appointment was "disturbing" and "put politics right in the middle of what is supposed to be an independent investigation."