Issa: 'IG #IRS Report Raises More Questions Than Answers'
On Tuesday, the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) released its report on the Internal Revenue Service's targeting of conservative organizations for their political beliefs.
After a year long investigation, the Treasury IG determined that it was "ineffective management" that caused the IRS to target Obama's political enemies with audits. The TIGTA report also found that for eighteen months, the IRS used "inappropriate criteria" to scrutinize conservative groups.
House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa had requested the investigation in June 2012, and reacted to it at the Oversight and Reform website.
"Today's report magnifies our concerns about the breadth and depth of the Internal Revenue Service's targeting of organizations for their political beliefs. Unfortunately, the report raises more questions than it answers.
What we do know for sure is that the IRS personnel responsible for granting tax exemptions systematically targeted conservative groups for extra scrutiny, and that officials in Washington, D.C. were aware of this practice, even while publicly claiming that it never happened," said Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif.
"We still do not know why the targeting began, how extensive it was, who initiated it and who knew about it.
The IRS must be held accountable to the American people, which requires a full investigation of the circumstances surrounding the facts established in this audit," said Subcommittee Chairman Jim Jordan, R-Ohio.
Earlier today, Issa and Jordan sent a letter to the IRS seeking additional information on the political targeting and on several false and misleading statements made to the Committee in 2012.
Issa also took to Twitter to voice his concerns about the report.
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