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Rep Chaffetz Blasts White House For Trying To Pin the Blame on Rogue IRS Agents (Video)

Today’s House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing on the IRS scandal focused on new revelations involving the problematic guidelines for reviewing tea party cases that came from the chief counsel’s office for the Internal Revenue Service, headed by Obama appointee,  William Wilkins.

In his opening statement, Chairman Issa made clear that they could now effectively debunk the idea that Cincinnati was the source of the IRS targeting.

Rep Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) blasted the White House, (specifically Jay Carney) for attempting to discredit pubic servants in Cincinnati. And he bemoaned the fact that they have to keep having  hearings dealing with the Regime’s scandals – Fast and Furious, Benghazi, and now the IRS – always with the same pattern of denials and obfuscations.

He asked Cincinnati IRS agent, Elizabeth Hofacre about Carney’s statement that ‘IRS line personnel improperly targeted conservative groups’ and she answered, “sir, I know the inference to any rogue agents is not correct.” When asked how it felt to be so blamed, she said it was like a “nuclear fallout.”

Chaffetz continued, “I’m proud of the fact that we are pursuing this. If we did what the White House wanted us to do, if we did what the ranking member suggested we do, this thing would be over. ‘Nothing here!’ ‘Don’t do it!’ ‘As far as I’m concerned it’s over.’

When you have the spokesman for the president of the United States make a definitive statement that it was two rogue agents, and start poking at these people who have no power to do anything about it, that is wrong. How dare anybody suggest we’re at the end of this? This is the beginning of this. We have to make an example out of it, we need to get to the bottom of it and quite frankly I’m tired of this administration having to keep having these hearings.

We’ve done it on Fast and Furious, we’re doing it on Benghazi, we’re doing it on the IRS — why? Each time, there’s a pattern. ‘Nothing here.’ Always ‘just a couple people.’ That’s not true,'” he said.

For more videos from the hearing, go here.

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