Two House Democrats on Thursday called for an investigation of a federal auditor who accused the Internal Revenue Service of gross mismanagement and targeting advocacy groups for extra scrutiny based on their names and policy positions.
Reps. Gerry Connolly (D-Va.) and Matt Cartwright (D-Penn.) on Wednesday filed a complaint with a special watchdog council questioning the independence of Treasury Department inspector general J. Russell George
The congressmen, both of whom serve as top Democrats on House oversight committees, said George produced a “fundamentally flawed performance audit” that was “incomplete” and “outright misleading.”
Obviously. It told the truth, didn’t it.
They also alleged that he held briefings with Republican members of the House Oversight Committee without the knowledge of Democrats on the panel…
When the scandal first broke, Obama and the Dems pretended to be outraged. Now that they’re preparing to codify opposition targeting into law, they’re suddenly outraged that their Nixonian misconduct was exposed.
The inspector general’s report, released in May, said the IRS “used inappropriate criteria that identified for review Tea Party and other organizations applying for tax-exempt status.” Earlier that month, then-IRS official Lois Lerner alluded to the findings when she acknowledged in response to a planted question that the agency had targeted groups with “tea party” and “patriot” in their names.
George’s audit led to public outrage, six federal probes and a leadership shakeup at the IRS…
Connolly and Cartwright sent their complaint on Thursday to three members of the Council of the Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency. The recipients were: Joseph Campbell, a top official with the FBI’s criminal investigation division; Beth Colbert, deputy director of management for the White House Office of Management and Budget; and Department of Agriculture Inspector General Phyllis Fong.
The council, known as CIGIE, serves as a watchdog for the inspectors general community. George is a member of the group.
Obama Inc. has grown tired of just going after whistleblowers. Now it’s going after auditors and inspectors.