Last week, a controversial Inspector General report showed that the IRS had aimed extreme scrutiny on conservative and tea party groups groups applying for tax-exemption. It has been a scandal suggesting a violation of the Constitution perpetrated by the IRS with the nod of people within the Obama Administration. President Obama has denounced the actions as inexcusable, but unfortunately scandal is not extinguished so easily.
Turns out, Congressional Republicans, who seem to have forgotten the Tea Party was once the loser that scratches his crotch at the public library, have rallied behind their reformed friend. According to the Washington Post, they call it an example of a long list of civil rights violations that include, intimidating donors, leaking documents, and conspiracy to uphold Obamacare.
Meanwhile, Rep. Sander M. Levin of Michigan responded:
“If this hearing becomes essentially a bootstrap to continue the campaign of 2012 and to prepare for 2014, we will be making a very, very serious mistake.”
The report that exposed the IRS’ practices included descriptions that employees took a closer look at organizations with “Tea Party” and “Patriot” in the title particularly during the 2012 presidential elections.
Deputy Treasury Secretary Neal Wolin, Treasury Department’s Inspector General J. Russel George, former IRS Commissioner Douglas Shulman, and the IRS’ Director of Tax-exempt Organizations Lois Lerner are set to testify in a House Oversight Committee hearing next week.