A number of conservative organizations on Wednesday told Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R., Ky.) and other Senate Republican leaders to “step aside.”
The cofounder of the largest Tea Party group is trying to ratchet up pressure on the House and Senate intelligence committees to investigate illegal Trump administration leaks and the Obama administration’s unmasking of U.S. officials and other citizens during the presidential campaign and transition.
IRS officials are asking not to publicly testify about the agency’s alleged bias against Tea Party and other conservative organizations, claiming they are in danger if they do so.
In the age of social media, it is getting harder for politicians to hide their past comments and stances on issues. Twitter is especially good at keeping records on politicians, which is bad news for Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D., N.Y.).
Ex-IRS Official Lois Lerner last year accused Republican congressional investigators probing the IRS targeting scandal of being “evil and dishonest,” insisting later that she was “never a political person.”
The Internal Revenue Service gave only one conservative advocacy group tax-exempt status because of its “deliquent” handling of applications from Tea Party and conservative groups, according to a report released by the Senate Finance Committee last week.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R., Ky.) accused the Obama administration of misleading Congress and hiding evidence in order to conceal the effort by the Internal Revenue Service to target conservative groups seeking tax-exempt status.