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FBI investigating IRS, director tells House panel

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FBI Director James Comey also said Syria was a breeding ground for terrorists. (Source: FOX) FBI Director James Comey also said Syria was a breeding ground for terrorists. (Source: FOX)

WASHINGTON, DC (FOX) - The FBI director said on Wednesday his agents are investigating whether the IRS committed a crime and targeted conservative groups for excessive scrutiny when those groups applied for tax exemptions.

FBI Director James Comey told the House Judiciary Committee he's ignoring President Obama's claim there was no corruption at the IRS.

Comey also says the FBI's making progress investigating the terror attacks in Benghazi, Libya where four Americans died two years ago.

No arrests have been made.

"We have questions about the IRS targeting investigation. Is there an ongoing investigation of IRS targeting of conservative groups?" asked Rep. Bob Goodlatte, R-VA.

"Yes sir, very active investigation," said Comey.

"Can you explain why there is an investigation given that the president said there was not even a 'smidgeon of corruption?'" Goodlatte asked.

"I mean no disrespect to the president or anyone else who has expressed a view on the matter, but I don't care about anyone's characterization of it. I care and my troops care only about the facts," Comey said. "I take Benghazi matter very, very seriously, one I am very close to. Briefed on it on a regular basis. One we are putting a lot of work into and one we've made progress on. But again, the details of which I can't talk about for the reasons I mentioned. But it's something I take very seriously."

Comey also touched on Syria, saying it is a breeding ground for terrorists.

He says Americans are among the jihadists training in Syria. And the FBI expects them to travel around the world to try to launch attacks.

Comey says his agents are working hard to stop them.

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