Sunday, June 2, 2013

When cities speak and other strange stories from our talented Republicans.

Here is the opening paragraph from a article on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee investigating the IRS scandal into the Tea Party applications. Reading through the rest of the transcribed testimony one obvious question stands glaringly absent: Who was the person in Washington, D.C. who told you this? Since cities are just massive collections of inanimate buildings that are incapable of speech, there must be a logical followup to the reply:  A: He told me that Washington, D.C., wanted some cases. Who in Washington, D.C. said this? Why would any lawyer conducting an investigation allow the incomplete train of Q & A to end without that followup? Where is Perry Mason when we really need him?

IRS Employee: D.C. Told Us To Target Tea Party

House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA) revealed new testimony from IRS employees on CNN's State of The Union on Sunday. According to transcribed excerpts released by the Committee, a Cincinnati IRS employee made it clear they were told by Washington, D.C. personnel to give extra scrutiny to Tea Party groups: 

Q: In early 2010, was there a time when you became aware of applications that referenced Tea Party or other conservative groups?
A: In March of 2010, I was made aware.
Q: Okay.  Now, was there a point around this time period when [your supervisor] asked you to do a search for similar applications? 
A: Yes.
Q: To the best of your recollection, when was this request made?
A: Sometime in early March of 2010.
Q: Did [your supervisor] give you any indication of the need for the search, any more context? 
A: He told me that Washington, D.C., wanted some cases.


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