Huffington Post reporter Sam Stein said the Democrats in Congress are not asking "inquisitive questions" about the IRS targeting scandal Friday, choosing to focus instead on the agency's budget.
On Morning Joe, MSNBC contributor Mark Halperin said that with a Democrat in the White House, "Democrats circle the wagons," pointing to the late moderate Republican Howard Baker as a throwback to an age where members of Congress would challenge an administration of the same party.
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"But Democrats, Sam, are asking questions," co-host Mika Brzezinski offered.
Stein said Halperin was right, though.
"You look at these oversight hearings, for instance," he said. "There haven't been the type of inquisitive questions from the Democratic side of the ledger about exactly what transpired. They've been mostly focused on the budgeting for IT at these departments, which is not the same issue."
Democrats have consistently reviled Republicans for investigating the scandal, which heated up again when the IRS announced it had "lost" two years worth of emails from the woman at the heart of the probe, former tax-exempt chief Lois Lerner.