While grilling outgoing IRS commissioner Steven Miller in a hearing before the House Ways and Means Committee Friday, Rep. Mike Kelly, R-Penn., received a standing ovation after a passionate speech in which he said IRS officials have so much power they can do “anything they want to anybody they want, anytime they want,” The Blaze reported.
“If you think it’s uncomfortable sitting over there you ought to be a private individual when the IRS is across from you asking you questions,” he began.
“This kind of reconfirms that, you know what, they [the IRS] can do almost anything they want to anybody they want, anytime they want. This is very chilling for the American people,” he said.
“I have a grandson who’s afraid to get out of bed at night because he thinks there’s someone under the bed that’s going to grab him. And I think most Americans feel that way about the IRS,” he added, calling the scandal a “Pandora’s Box.”
“Is there any limit to the scope of where you folks can go?” he asked.
Kelly also said he did not believe the White House just found out about the scandal in a news report.
He also reminded Kelly how difficult it is for an average citizen to face the IRS.
“And when the IRS comes in,” he said, “you’re not allowed to be shoddy, you’re not allowed to be run horribly, you’re not allowed to make mistakes, you’re not allowed to do one damn thing that doesn’t come in compliance. If you do, you’re held responsible right then.”
The gallery broke out in spontaneous and sustained applause, requiring the chairman to call for order.
Miller was grilled for hours about the scandal and told House members he did not believe it was illegal for the IRS to target specific groups, but said that it should not happen.
He also admitted that no groups with the word “progressive” in their name were targeted.
Kelly said in a tweet that he was “humbled” by the audience’s response.
“Humbled to receive a #standingovation at today’s Ways & Means hearing on the #IRSscandal,” he wrote.
Video of his comments can be seen here. More videos of Miller’s testimony before Congress can be seen here.
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