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FBI launches IRS investigation

Criminal probe will look into agency’s scrutiny of conservative groups

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has its eye on the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).

Yesterday, Attorney General Eric Holder announced that he has launched a criminal investigation into the IRS’ flagging of conservative groups for extra scrutiny when they applied for tax-exempt status. Last week, the IRS admitted to and apologized for flagging about 300 groups with the words “tea party” or “patriot” in their names for extra scrutiny. The flagging took place during the 2012 election campaigns, but the agency maintains that its actions weren’t politically motivated.

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