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Roskam asks for fair IRS probe

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  • U.S. Rep. Peter Roskam

    U.S. Rep. Peter Roskam


U.S. Rep. Peter Roskam, a Wheaton Republican, is asking for an investigation into the Internal Revenue Service's targeting of conservative groups, including a DuPage County organization, for extra scrutiny of their tax exemption applications.

In a letter Tuesday, Roskam criticized an FBI decision not to file criminal charges in the IRS scandal and said the top investigator at the Justice Department, Barbara Bosserman, has been a donor to President Barack Obama's campaigns.

"As a career lawyer, you have a responsibility to set aside your personal political beliefs and carry out an investigation to fully inform the public and remedy the damage caused," the letter reads.

Roskam says he's been working with the West Suburban Patriots, a DuPage County Tea Party group that he says was targeted, to make sure their comments are considered as new federal rules are being made.

The IRS has released proposed rules that West Suburban Patriots President Janet Shaw has criticized as unfair to grass-roots groups.

A U.S. House committee that Roskam serves on voted Tuesday to delay implementing new rules so that lawmakers and others can give more input and investigate further.

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