On May 14, members of the House Ways and Means Committee sent a letter to the IRS demanding to see all of their communications with the White House concerning the targeting of conservative groups. The letter was signed by Rep. Dave Camp (R-MI), Chairman of the Committee and Rep. Sander Levin (D-MI), the ranking Democrat on the committee.
The purpose of the letter was to determine exactly what the White House knew about the scandal and when they knew it. They also demanded to see all communications between the IRS and the Treasury Department concerning the scandal and other records and pertinent information dealing with the scandal, in a hope of learning exactly what took place when within the IRS.
The letter became necessary after IRS officials failed or refused to answer a number of questions when they appeared before the House Ways and Means Committee.
The letter set a deadline of Tuesday, May 21 for the IRS to submit all of the material demanded by the House Ways and Means Committee. As of Wednesday morning, the committee has received nothing from the IRS. It’s kind of ironic that the IRS has deadlines for everyone else but when it comes to them, they fail to meet mandated deadlines.
The letter read in part:
“As the Committee on Ways and Means continues its investigation into these IRS practices, we request that the IRS provide the following information by May 21, 2013: …”
“Did the IRS at any time notify the Treasury Department of the targeting of conservative or any other groups? Provide all documents and communications between the IRS and Treasury on this matter.”
“Did the IRS at any time notify the White House of the targeting of conservative or any other groups?” asked Camp and Levin. “Provide all documents and communications between the IRS and the White House on this matter.”
“We are deeply troubled by the recent admission of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) that the agency has been singling out organizations for additional review based on their political beliefs. Despite repeated calls for cooperation, the agency failed to be completely truthful in its responses to the committee during its nearly two-year long investigation of this matter, and in testimony before the committee.”
If I were Camp or Levin, I would file contempt of Congress charges against the IRS officials who failed to comply with their demands. I’m sick and tired of seeing so many government agencies and departments willfully defy Congress in their investigations. Just like the person of interest in a criminal investigation who refuses to take a lie detector test or allow police to search their house without a warrant, it makes them look guilty and that they are trying to hide something.
In the case of the IRS, everyone knows their guilt. Their failure to comply then gives the impression that they are trying to protect someone else, and guess who that is!