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How much time did a key Obama official spend investigating the IRS' Tea Party targeting?

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Are new answers coming in the IRS targeting scandal investigation?

If there are, they may come as a result of a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit filed Wednesday by Judicial Watch.

The nonprofit watchdog group wants documents showing how much time Barbara Bosserman has spent investigating IRS targeting and harassment of Tea Party and conservative nonprofit applicants during the 2010 and 2012 campaigns.

Bosserman was appointed by Attorney General Eric Holder to oversee the joint Justice Department and FBI investigation into the scandal earlier this year.

Judicial Watch filed its initial FOIA for the Bosserman documents on Feb. 25.

Her appointment was called a "startling conflict of interest," by House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif.

Bosserman contributed "$6,750 to Obama campaigns and the DNC from 2004 to 2012, including 12 separate contributions to Obama for America between 2008 and 2012," according to Federal Election Commission records analyzed by Judicial Watch.

Since Bosserman failed to appear at an Oversight panel on Feb. 6, few details have been released to the public about the Justice Department's investigation into the IRS.

“If there is a serious criminal investigation of the worsening IRS scandal, as promised by Attorney General Eric Holder, then it is the best-kept secret in Washington,” Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton said.

“The mere fact that Judicial Watch had to file a federal lawsuit to find out if the lead DOJ investigator, who is an Obama donor, is spending any time actually investigating the scandal tells us all we need to know about this compromised Justice Department," Fitton said.

Read the Judicial Watch statement here.

Editor's note: Judicial Watch is representing the Washington Examiner in the newspaper's federal lawsuit seeking access to Consumer Financial Protection Bureau records under FOIA.

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