A bit foggy on that IRS scandal, Mr. President?

Thursday, July 23, 2015
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Chris Woodward (OneNewsNow.com)

U.S. House members are meeting today, July 23, for a hearing on the IRS – and President Obama may have provided some fodder for Republicans. 

The House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Oversight will hold a hearing on the Internal Revenue Service's audit selection process and internal controls within the Tax Exempt and Government Entities division.

The hearing comes just after President Obama appeared on "The Daily Show" and claimed the IRS did not target tea party and conservative groups.

While the President did say IRS employees acted "poorly and stupidly," he also suggested said Congress "passed a crummy law" that provided vague guidance to IRS employees.

Phil Kerpen of American Commitment says the remarks are "pretty stunning," because it became clear that the IRS was "systematically target conservatives," including tea party groups.

"And let's recall how far this went," says Kerpen. "They asked pro-life groups to disclose the content of their prayers on condition of not receiving their IRS status. So this was egregious and far-reaching."

Obama's interpretation of the scandal was seemingly ridiculed by host John Stewart, The Washington Examiner, reporting on the President's appearance, suggested.

"Boy, you really do have only a year left," Stewart responded.

In fact, Obama himself admitted that IRS officials "improperly targeted conservative groups applying for tax-exempt status," Townhall reported in 2013, citing a statement the President released.

Kerpen, Phil (American Commitment)Obama was citing an investigation of the IRS and called the report's findings "intolerable and inexcusable." 

An inspector general's investigation found that the IRS began flagging tax-exempt organizations in 2010, looking for words such as "patriot" and "tea party."

Republicans sought a special counsel (see video below) to investigate further, insisting the Obama administration couldn't be trusted. 

Kerpen was asked if he believes the IRS scandal still has the attention of lawmakers with other issues, such as Iran, competing for their attention.

"I think the IRS scandal is sort of on a slow boil right now," he responds. "I don't think it's as explosive it was at the beginning, just because there hasn't been as much press coverage, but it's not going away because the underlying facts are so outrageous and so offensive to people."

Responding to President Obama's remarks, Kerpen says he "miscalculated" by being so dismissive.

"And to disregard something that obviously did happen," he adds. 

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