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IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Rep. Kelly Presses IRS Commissioner for Answers at Ways & Means Hearing
WASHINGTON — Representative Mike Kelly (R-PA), a member of the House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Oversight, addressed Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Acting Commissioner Daniel Werfel yesterday regarding lingering questions about the IRS targeting scandal during the subcommittee’s hearing on the status of the agency’s Exempt Organization Division (formerly run by IRS official Lois Lerner).
Highlights from Rep. Kelly’s remarks:
“Who has been held accountable for anything that’s happened so far in the IRS? Some people describe it as a ‘phony scandal.’ It’s not a phony scandal. The only thing I see phony so far is the [agency’s] investigation of it. Where exactly are we on this?”
“The American public has heard enough of this Washington spin about how people are held accountable. Accountability in Washington is ‘put you into another agency and go to work there.’ It’s never holding anybody accountable for wrongdoing.”
“This is appalling that we even have to have this meeting. I’m being told that Lois Lerner can take the Fifth… Lois Lerner is still signing letters on IRS stationary. There’s a huge question there.”
“You are in charge of a 97,000-person agency that has about a $12 billion budget. This is incredible. … Don’t you think the American people deserve an answer sometime about people being held accountable for what they did was wrong? They need to be not just sanctioned, they need to be put in jail for the wrongdoing that they did.”