The officials said investigators didn't find the kind of political bias or "enemy hunting" that would amount to a violation of criminal law. Instead, what emerged during the probe was evidence of a mismanaged bureaucracy enforcing rules about tax-exemption applications it didn't understand, according to the law-enforcement officials.Perhaps the investigation should look into:
While the case is still being investigated and could remain open for months, officials familiar with its progress said it is increasingly unlikely any criminal charges will result. That could change, the officials cautioned, if unexpected evidence is discovered that alters their thinking.
- The suggestion of one Cincinnati employee that officials in Washington closely controlled the review of tea-party cases.
- The testimony of Gary Muthert who works in the Cincinnati office who was told by Mr. Shafer that"Washington, D.C., wanted some cases."
- And Elizabeth Hofacre, the Cincinnati IRS who in 2010 had the responsibly handling all tea-party applications. She told the committee that she understood the "lookout list" used to flag the applications of tea-party groups was also intended to flag those of Republican and conservative groups.
- Ms Hofacre was upset that she had "no autonomy" in her handling of the cases, and she termed the behavior of IRS officials in Washington in the matter "very unusual."
I wonder how the media would react if a Chris Christie donor was running the investigation into "bridgegate."