"Here's one reason Darrell Issa didn't want to release the full IRS transcripts"
Top Democrat on the House Government Committee,
on CBS' Face the Nation
Here's one reason Darrell Issa didn't want to release the full IRS transcripts
Last week, House Government Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa
released excerpts from interviews with IRS agents in Cincinnati in an
effort to accuse the Obama administration of ordering the IRS to target
tea party groups. The fact that even his own cherry-picked transcripts didn't actually make his case
was an obvious red flag that he was full of it, but this weekend the
committee's top Democrat, Rep. Elijah Cummings, released additional
interview excerpts that directly contradicted Issa's claims.
According to the excerpts
released by Cummings, a self-described "conservative Republican" IRS
agent who managed the screening group responsible for the application
reviews told committee staff he had "no reason to believe" the White
House had any involvement in either the decision to screen tea party
cases or the decision to consolidate them for review.
Moreover, the agent said the motive for the screening was to ensure that all political cases were handled in the same fashion.
I do not believe that the screening of these cases had
anything to do other than consistency and identifying issues that need
to have further development.
That doesn't mean the correct criteria were used for screening, but it
suggests that while inappropriate terms were used for screening, the IRS
agents involved were motivated by the right thing—and given the
convoluted law surrounding these sorts of groups, they didn't have an
Democratic committee staff say none of the interviews revealed any
sort of politically coordinated effort by the White House to target tea
party groups. In the absence of the full transcripts, we only have their
word to go on, but Cummings says
he will release the full transcripts if Issa does not. And based on the
partial transcripts released so far, it's pretty clear why Mr. Grand Theft Auto didn't want to release the full story.
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