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Friday, October 21, 2016

At the beginning of the IRS “scandal,” House Republicans, including Oversight Committee chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA), have been promising to connect the so-called “targeting” of Tea Party groups all the way up to the White House. To make this case for him, the conservative media conjured a scenario wherein the Internal Revenue Service commissioner visited the White House 157 times to plot the nefarious act of asking political “social welfare” groups to prove they’re not political, which was just ridiculous.

Eventually, Republicans lowered the bar to just promising to prove that the targeting was “political.” That fell apart when it became clear that Tea Party groups comprised only about one third of the groups that had received extra scrutiny. Republicans also cannot find one IRS employee who would say the probing of these groups — conservative and liberal — was at all political.

Using “be on the lookout” lists and focusing on groups based on their names was foolish and needed to be stopped. But Issa and Republicans over-promised from the beginning and have made “IRS persecution” a cornerstone of organizing and fundraising. Now, as this video from Democrats on the House Oversight Committee shows, they have nothing to show for it, which is why White House Press Secretary Jay Carney recently called the IRS “scandal,” along with Benghazi, “phony.”

The Washington Post’s Greg Sargent wonders what Issa’s endgame is here, knowing he can’t just admit he was trying to conjure up a scandal. Watch for the GOP to focus on demanding more and more documents from the IRS and eventually issuing some sort of censure over a lack of disclosure when no politically motivated wrongdoing is revealed, much as they did with the also-ginned-up Fast and Furious “scandal.”

What do you expect Republicans to do as they try to revive this failing witch hunt?

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  • Sand_Cat

    What an ass!

  • hilandar1000

    Issa made statements that he could not support. Aren’t there laws against slander? Why do we keep letting guys like Issa get away with making statements of facts that he cannot prove? It is time to hold them accountable for their words and sue them for every statement of slander that they make which they cannot prove to be true.

    • Sand_Cat

      I think he’s immune on statements made on the house floor, at least. But then, he made statements to the press. But don’t hold your breath.

  • Teddy Jack Eddie

    This is about right

    • Sand_Cat

      Is this supposed to reflect your level of intelligence? Or maybe Darrell Issa’s? If so, seems pretty accurate.

  • bckrd1

    Issa is so corrupt and a criminal himself, that he must feel everyone is trying to cover up something. Much like he does.

  • bckrd1

    I would like to start an investigation fund. I would propose that the fund is used to hire private investigators and their assignments are every member of Congress for their entire terms. It would be money well spent and if they know they are being followed every hour of the day they may start to do what is right for the country instead of what is good for them. If nothing else it would creep them out.