Congressional Republicans are skeptical the IRS’s treatment of conservative groups warrants a special prosecutor, fearing that step could limit their own investigation into the agency. GOP lawmakers stress that – with just one inspector general's report and three hearings in the rearview mirror – it’s too early to lean on a special counsel, and that calling for the Justice Department to act should be a last resort. “When I can’t do my job because I lack the authority or cooperation, I’ll seek additional remedies,” House Oversight Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) told reporters on Thursday. [The Hill]
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The Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration released a report Tuesday [PDF] they initiated in response to a Congressional request from Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.) to evaluate employees moving between large accounting firms and the IRS, a.k.a the “revolving door”. The Congressional request specifically noted interest in large accounting firms. […]
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