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Dems Want Probe Of IRS/Tea Party Investigator

From the Washington Post:

Two Democrats call for investigation of IRS watchdog who led targeting probe

By Josh Hicks | February 7, 2014

Two House Democrats on Thursday called for an investigation of a federal auditor who accused the Internal Revenue Service of gross mismanagement and targeting advocacy groups for extra scrutiny based on their names and policy positions.

Reps. Gerry Connolly (D-Va.) and Matt Cartwright (D-Penn.) on Wednesday filed a complaint with a special watchdog council questioning the independence of Treasury Department inspector general J. Russell George.

For the record, Mr. George is black. (Of course, this shouldn’t matter. Though it certainly would matter to the media if the party affiliations were reversed.)

The congressmen, both of whom serve as top Democrats on House oversight committees, said George produced a “fundamentally flawed performance audit” that was “incomplete” and “outright misleading.”

And yet not a single fact has been disproved. On the contrary, the IRS practices turned out to be even worse, even more partisan, than first suspected.

They also alleged that he held briefings with Republican members of the House Oversight Committee without the knowledge of Democrats on the panel…

If true, maybe the IG didn’t want the Democrats to tip off their colleagues at the IRS. Who would then destroy the evidence.

The inspector general’s report, released in May, said the IRS “used inappropriate criteria that identified for review Tea Party and other organizations applying for tax-exempt status.” Earlier that month, then-IRS official Lois Lerner alluded to the findings when she acknowledged in response to a planted question that the agency had targeted groups with “tea party” and “patriot” in their names.

George’s audit led to public outrage, six federal probes and a leadership shakeup at the IRS…

Some ‘shakeup.’ Not one person has been fired.

The complaint against George follows a letter Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) and Connolly sent to George suggesting that he had narrowed the scope of his IRS review after agreeing to hold one-party meetings with Republicans staff on the House Oversight Committee, headed by Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.). Cummings is ranking member of the panel, while Connolly is the top Democrat on one of its subcommittees…

Isn’t Cummings the guy who made so many speeches on camera about wanting to get to the bottom of the IRS scandal? Remember how he pretended to be outraged? It was all for show, of course. He is just another Democrat Party hack.

Connolly and Cartwright sent their complaint on Thursday to three members of the Council of the Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency. The recipients were: Joseph Campbell, a top official with the FBI’s criminal investigation division; Beth Colbert, deputy director of management for the White House Office of Management and Budget; and Department of Agriculture Inspector General Phyllis Fong.

The council, known as CIGIE, serves as a watchdog for the inspectors general community. George is a member of the group.

Yep, Cummings and the Democrats are trying to destroy this man. And simply for doing his job.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Friday, February 7th, 2014. Comments are currently closed.

One Response to “Dems Want Probe Of IRS/Tea Party Investigator”

  1. Sure, sure. Uh-huh. Yep. Yippity skip and la de da …


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