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Friday, October 24, 2014

IRS cover-up is worse than the misdeed

I recently appeared on Fox News, where the topic was supposed to be the decision by drugstore superpower CVS to no longer sell cigarettes or tobacco products to customers. However, a House Ways and Means Committee hearing quickly diverted our attention.

The topic of debate? The Internal Revenue Service and Lois Lerner, the official at the center of last year’s scandal involving the Obama administration and its admitted targeting of political groups applying for tax-exempt status.

You’ll recall that, last May, several lawmakers accused the IRS of targeting and scrutinizing conservative groups, such as the Tea Party, when these groups applied for tax-exempt status. After a brief investigation, including a trail of emails proving the coordinated attempt by IRS officials to target approximately 41 conservative groups, it became obvious that the Obama administration used its power to single out its political enemies, making it harder for them to gain tax-exempt status, which in turn made it harder for them to participate in elections.

Over the past six months, the administration and the Justice Department have done everything in their power to ensure that this investigation is killed by delay. There’s just one problem: Lawmakers won’t let that happen. Now the Ways and Means Committee has uncovered emails showing that Lerner worked on new rules with the Treasury Department during the investigation.

Some House Republicans are making sure that this issue continues to get media exposure, and that those who are responsible for this offense are held accountable. The heat is on President Obama. On Super Bowl Sunday, in an interview with Fox News’s Bill O’Reilly, the president claimed there was “not a smidgen of corruption” at the IRS regarding this targeting.

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