GOP Stocks Up On Election Ammo: IRS Targeting and Benghazi
If Republicans and Democrats were a group of kids preparing for a water balloon fight, both sides would have a few things they’d fill those projectiles with in preparation for battle. Democrats would be filling theirs with minimum wage increases, immigration reform, and as much “Republicans only care about the wealthy” rhetoric as can be stretched into a balloon without it popping.
Republicans on the other hand have strategies of their own to get ready — and a few are worth noting after the events of this week. Of course, the GOP has overfilled a dozen balloons on Obamacare, but likely have a whole stockpile ready to throw anyhow. They’ve also filled their balloons with two accusatory bombardments: the IRS scandal and Benghazi.
What this balloon war translates to in Washington was visible in the House of Representatives this week in the form of a Wednesday vote to hold Lois Lerner in contempt. Lerner, an IRS official who was accused of disproportionately targeting Republicans, has chosen not to testify in font of Congress and therefore can be held in contempt. The House also passed a resolution that asked Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. to look into the Tea Party’s situation with the IRS beyond what has already been done.
“Unless the President decides to assert executive privilege, there is no precedent for the U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia to do anything but pursue this criminal case,” said the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) in a statement. “Absent political interference by the Administration, this legally binding action — as well as a separate resolution calling for a special prosecutor to take over the Main Justice Department’s tainted and dormant investigation — requires the Justice Department to take action,” he wrote.
The Oversight Committee also published a long list of findings in its report, stating that three conservative groups, Prescott Tea Party, American Junto, and the Albuquerque Tea Party all saw inappropriate targeting by the IRS, and that the groups who “received unprecedented review and experienced years-long delays” were all conservative, and that progressive and liberal groups were not given the same degree of treatment. It specifically listed what it considered to be false claims, including the suggestion from Democrats that ACORN groups, Emerge America Groups, and Occupy Wall Street saw appropriate scrutiny not comparable to political targeting that the Tea Party received.