When the IRS Scandal story broke on May 14th, 2013, the present writer agreed to cover the story because small business owners were among those affected by the rogue behavior. Shockingly, innocent Americans were targeted by the IRS for their political beliefs for the first time in American history.
President Barack Obama said he was outraged after he learned about the IRS Scandal after the story was published. It was assumed the case would end with Lois Lerner’s testimony on May 22, 2013, that notion ended when Lerner refused to testify. There was no testimony.
Today a source in the Congressional Oversight Committee has informed the reporter that the investigation is far from over. Readers may be confused because a Ranking Member of the Oversight Committee went on two talk shows and said that the hearings should end. However other members of the Oversight Committee today have challenged the view that the hearings should end. This report begins with the official statement from the Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa in its entirety as released today.
“House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa today issued the following statement in response to comments made by Ranking Member Elijah Cummings on CNN’s State of the Union with Candy Crowley that, in his word and view, the case of the IRS inappropriately targeting Tea Party groups has already been, “solved.”
“I strongly disagree with Ranking Member Cummings’ assertion that we know everything we need to know about inappropriate targeting of Tea Party groups by the IRS and the case is, in his word, ‘solved.’ His extreme and reckless assertions are a signal that his true motivation is stopping needed Congressional oversight and he has no genuine interest in working, on a bipartisan basis, to expose the full truth.
“The American public wants to know why targeting occurred and who was involved. The testimony excerpts Ranking Member Cummings revealed today did not provide anything enlightening or contradict other witness accounts. The only thing Ranking Member Cummings left clear in his comments today is that if it were up to him the investigation would be closed. Fortunately, the decision to close the investigation is not his to make. Both House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp and I are committee to leading a fact based investigation that fully exposes all relevant facts about IRS efforts to target Americans for their political beliefs,” Issa said.
In a further documented report sent to the present writer by the Oversight Committee today further information is provided here: “During an appearance Monday afternoon on MSNBC’s Hardball with Chris Matthews, House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform Ranking Member Elijah Cummings again asserted that the American people have ‘the entire story’ on the IRS targeting controversy. This was one day after the highest-ranking Democrat on the Oversight and Government Reform Committee appeared on CNN’s State of the Union with Candy Crowley and made the outrageous declaration that ‘based upon everything I’ve seen, the case is solved. And if it was me, I’d wrap this case up and move on to be frank with you.”
These statements seem to contradict statements made by the White House just last week. Was Ranking Member Cummings speaking for the Administration and Congressional Democrats? Do President Obama and Leader Pelosi believe the American people “have the entire story” “the case is solved” that it’s time to “wrap this case up and move on”?
The Oversight Committee included the official White House Press Secretary Jay Carney’s June 3, 2013 statement, “I think that what our focus is and has been is the need to find out all the inappropriate activity that occurred; make sure, as the President insists, that those who were responsible for inappropriate’ outrageous activity be held accountable; that processes are put into place at the IRS so that something like this cannot happen again…the President is interested in getting all the facts, and that is why he has instructed that the new leadership at the IRS conduct this review. We are interested in legitimate congressional oversight. That’s an important component in a situation like this to finding all the facts and making sure that remedial action is taken,” Carney said.
All American small business owners are required to post a notice that they will not discriminate against persons based on their race, sexual orientation, religion, place of and national origin. Yet the IRS discriminated against Americans because of their political beliefs. This is not a Republican story or a Democrat story, this is an American story. It should not have happened. Any employee who discriminates against an American citizen because of their political beliefs should be fired. End of story.
City Editor Robert Hitt III taught the present writer 33 years ago that a good reporter never leaves a story until the investigation is done. Lesson learned. usedview.com will remain on the IRS Scandal story wherever the evidence leads. This journalist will remain on the story until the Oversight Committee gets to the bottom of the scandal.
Stay tuned. The Oversight Committee will send daily updates on the story. The next hearing date has not been set; however, this journalist will be there.
Update: The Enquirer in Cincinnati has fact checked remarks made at the city’s national Town Hall meeting on the IRS Scandal. “The Cincinnati area is being portrayed as a hotbed of rogue, corrupt IRS employees. We are fed up with this constant refrain, which has been picked up by the media blaming the scandal on local IRS workers. We believe the problem originated in Washington,” the Enquirer said.