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Sunday, November 8, 2015

The IRS Scandal, Day 913

IRS Logo 2Washington Examiner, Chaffetz: I'm Just Getting Started:

For Rep. Jason Chaffetz, chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, the news on Oct. 23 that the Department of Justice had dropped its investigation of the Internal Revenue Service without pressing charges was unwelcome, if unsurprising. His committee had been electrified by the IRS probe under its previous chairman, Rep. Darrell Issa, and tensions over whether the IRS actually targeted conservative groups boiled over in public hearings that many criticized as political sideshows.

But Chaffetz has attempted to usher in a new era for the oversight committee, quietly continuing the IRS investigation while broadening the committee's scope. Chaffetz previewed some "juicy" announcements to look out for from his committee in the coming weeks.

Examiner: You have called for Commissioner John Koskinen to resign. Was there any one particular breaking point where you said, "Koskinen has to go?"

Chaffetz: He had a duly-issued subpoena and despite that subpoena, they destroyed documents. Imagine if you did that to the IRS. They would haul you into jail. And rightfully so. So we're going to hold them accountable.

Fresno Bee, Tell the Truth About IRS Problems:

President Obama stated there is not even a smidgen of corruption at the IRS. False. The IRS pled guilty to releasing names and personal information of the National Organization of Marriage to a gay rights group and was ordered to pay $50,000. We deserve the truth and to know who is accountable for either these deliberate actions, obstruction or gross mismanagement.

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Comments

Chaffetz is beating the same dead horse as Issa beat for years. There has been no credible proof of targeting (either liberal or conservative groups). The simple fact is that many groups were trying to evade the 501(c)(4) regs and the IRS knew it. The IRS was trying to fairly apply the regs and people are upset because they could not game the system. Quit wasting taxpayer resources.

Posted by: gator | Nov 9, 2015 6:22:26 AM

Chaffetz raises a ton of money from his dead-horse-beating. His right-wing base eats it up and writes nice checks. So long as that continues, the dead horse will be beaten with taxpayer resources.

Posted by: Publius Novus | Nov 10, 2015 8:17:26 AM