We’ve been hearing about the Internal Revenue Service scandal for a couple of years now. It started out with conservative groups complaining about being targeted for extra scrutiny when it came to their applications for tax-exempt status. The IRS denied this and liberals taunted conservatives with charges of paranoia.
Eventually, evidence increased that the IRS had done exactly what it was being accused of, so the agency admitted it but blamed it on a few individuals in their Cincinnati office. This, of course, was also a lie. When more evidence was gathered, the agency admitted the problem was more widespread, but claimed that the targeting was not politically motivated. Another lie, obviously, but a more difficult one to prove.
Then, during an interview with Bill O’Reilly of Fox News on Super Bowl Sunday earlier this year, President Obama said that there was “not even a smidgeon of corruption” on the part of the IRS. I still can’t believe he said that with a straight face, but he is quite an actor, so I suppose it shouldn’t have been surprising.
The good news is that some politicians are not in the mood to let this go. In fact, House Republicans have put together a report that they say proves Obama and fellow Democrats pressured the IRS to target conservative groups.
Republicans have been trying to acquire emails that former IRS official Lois Lerner previously sent regarding the situation, but were recently told by the agency that many of them have been lost, including ones that might have been sent to the White House.
When asked if he thought the administration would go so far as to intentionally delete the emails in question, Senator Orrin Hatch, a Republican from Utah, said, “I do. I think you can’t put anything past this administration.” Amen to that.
Would you be surprised if it turned out that the Obama Administration had instructed – or at least encouraged – the IRS to harass conservative groups during the two years prior to his 2012 re-election? I’d love to hear from you about this.