Paul L. Caron

Monday, June 1, 2015

The IRS Scandal, Day 753

IRS Logo 2U.S. News & World Report, House Committee Chairman Subpoenas IRS Official to Hearing on Freedom of Information Act:

The chairman of the House Oversight Committee issued a subpoena Friday for an IRS official to testify at a hearing on the Freedom of Information Act.

Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, said he issued the subpoena after the IRS declined to provide the official who oversees information requests. Instead, the IRS offered to have IRS Commissioner John Koskinen testify.

In a letter to Koskinen, Chaffetz said he wanted to hear from the agency's expert on responding to information requests. Chaffetz issued the subpoena for Mary Howard, the IRS director of privacy, governmental liaison and disclosure. She reports to a deputy commissioner.

The IRS said Friday it will send Howard to the hearing, which is scheduled for Wednesday. Officials from several government agencies are scheduled to testify.

"In order to conduct effective oversight we must hear from the individuals with the greatest insight into the issues we are exploring," Chaffetz said in a statement. "When an agency attempts to undermine the role of Congress by refusing to allow a witness to testify, issuing a subpoena is not only necessary but appropriate."

IRS News, IRS Scandal, Tax | Permalink


The most depressing aspect of this "investigation" is how little invested the GOP congress seems to be in getting to the bottom of it. Just imagine if the party roles were reversed. There'd be a select committee headed by a Democrat with fire in his eyes, and the MSM would be covering it gavel to gavel, at least on C-Span. When conservative rights are violated...almost nobody cares, including the "conservative" party.

Posted by: VoteOutIncumbents | Jun 1, 2015 8:12:37 AM