DOJ to Investigate IRS' Potential Rights Violations

Attorney General Eric Holder said the FBI's criminal investigation of the Internal Revenue Service could include potential civil rights violations, false statements and potential violations of the Hatch Act, which prohibits federal employees from engaging in some partisan political activities. Holder announced that the Justice Department was investigating the IRS after the agency acknowledged that agents had singled out conservative groups for extra scrutiny when they applied for tax-exempt status. "I can assure you and the American people that we will take a dispassionate view of this," he said. "This will not be about parties, this will not be about ideological persuasions. Anybody who has broken the law will be held accountable." The Memphis Daily News has the story.