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February 8, 2023

Oddly, Dem and GOP Leaders Don’t Agree on Next Act in IRS Investigation Circus

Representative Elijah Cummings (D-MD) shared some new info yesterday about some of the employees in the IRS's Cincinnati office — including a self-described "conservative Republican" — who were all, "Yeah, we kinda sorta used terms like 'Tea Party' to try to determine who was engaging in too much political activity to qualify as a 501(c)(4)":

According to Cummings’ memo, the conservative IRS manager said no one from Washington ordered him to identify additional tea party cases. “There was no — there was no — no one said to make a search,” the employee said, according to an excerpt.
Rep. Cummings is pretty satisfied by this story and thinks it's about time to fold up the big top, but predictably, Darrell Issa isn't ready to end his version of the Greatest Show on Earth:
“The testimony excerpts Ranking Member Cummings revealed today did not provide anything enlightening or contradict other witness accounts,” Issa said in a statement. “The only thing Ranking Member Cummings left clear in his comments today is that if it were up to him the investigation would be closed.”
Woo.
 

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