DOJ Declines Prosecution Of Fed Officials Who Leaked Confidential Information

The Justice Department is looking into filing civil rights charges against George Zimmerman for the killing of Trayvon Martin, even though Zimmerman was acquitted by a jury of all charges. At the same time, they appear to be turning a blind eye on government malfeasance.

The Treasury Department has admitted for the first time that confidential tax records of several political candidates and campaign donors were improperly scrutinized by government officials, but the Justice Department has declined to prosecute any of the cases.

Its investigators also are probing two allegations that the Internal Revenue Service “targeted for audit candidates for public office,” the Treasury’s inspector general for tax administration, J. Russell George, has privately told Sen. Chuck Grassley.

In a written response to a request by Mr. Grassley, the ranking Republican on the Judiciary Committee, Mr. George said a review turned up four cases since 2006 in which unidentified government officials took part in “unauthorized access or disclosure of tax records of political donors or candidates,” including one case he described as “willful.” In four additional cases, Mr. George said, allegations of improper access of IRS records were not substantiated by the evidence.

Mr. Grassley has asked Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. to explain why the Justice Department chose not to prosecute any of the cases. The Iowa Republican told The Washington Times that the IRS “is required to act with neutrality and professionalism, not political bias.” (Read More)

What do you expect from the top law enforcement agency that dismisses charges against the New Black Panthers for voter intimidation, willfully allows assault weapons to walk into the hands of drug cartels, and inserts itself into local law enforcement decisions? Those examples are just off the top of my head. I’m sure I could come up with more if I gave it a little more time.