Dems go after Inspector General who alerted lawmakers to IRS targeting scandal


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Two Democrat lawmakers have picked up the mantle from President Obama in deflecting from the possibility that the IRS unfairly targeted conservative groups for extra scrutiny by going after the inspector general who first alerted lawmakers to the scandal.

The president drew heavy criticism from GOP lawmakers for saying there was “not even a smidgen of corruption” at the IRS during a Super Bowl pre-game interview with Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly, despite an ongoing FBI investigation.

But that investigation did not stop U.S. Reps. Gerry Connolly, D-Va., and Matt Cartwright, D-Penn., from filing a complaint “questioning the independence of Treasury Department inspector general J. Russell George,” The Washington Post reported.

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George, appointed by former President George W. Bush, released a report in May that said the IRS “used inappropriate criteria that identified for review Tea Party and other organizations applying for tax-exempt status,” according to the article.

The Washington Post further reported:

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.”

They also alleged that he held briefings with Republican members of the House Oversight Committee without the knowledge of Democrats on the panel.

The article stated that George declined to comment, but “stood behind the findings of his review” of the agency and said “he may soon issue a formal response to the accusations.”

Ironically, Republican lawmakers have also criticized George, saying he should have notified Congress of the agency’s questionable behavior prior to the 2012 presidential election.

All of which goes to show just how popular whistle-blowers are in Washington, D.C., and the treatment they can expect when stepping on the toes of powerful lawmakers.

Tom Tillison

Tom Tillison

Tom is a grassroots activist who distinguished himself as one of the top conservative bloggers in Florida before joining BizPac Review.
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  • chiefpontiac

    If you don’t like the message, kill the messenger….The Obama Lenin-Aid must be strong because didn’t these two Democrat idiots here the testimony of Catherine Englebrecht? She stated that when, and ONLY when she started True the Vote is when the FBI, IRS, OSHA, ATF and a host of other agencies came after her! And these two mental midgets think this was just a coincidence?!

    • El Duderino

      It’s like Lenin said. You look for who will benefit and uh… you know, man.

  • Greenie Beanie

    The history of the 20th century is rife with examples of people voting themselves into servitude and thus giving up liberty through democratic processes.

  • AWCheney

    This is very telling…an honest man is not only unwelcome to the Democrats, but the Republicans as well. It’s obvious that the only thing that concerns ANY OF THEM is politics. None of them would know what is right if it bit them in the a**!

  • bittman

    I’m sure this is one of the Saul Alinsky tactics to slander and discredit the IG. I’m not surprised. The Progressives always believe ends justifies the means…that all of their goals are moral and the goals of their competitors are immoral. I think all of the IGs are afraid after the firing of Gerry Waldrin by Obama after he exposed that Obama’s pal was skimming hundreds of millions of dollars off the top of his organization.

  • oldandgrey2013

    Typical behavior of the Democrats as chiefpointiac posted “kill the messenger” but shame on Mr. Bush for not coming out with a strong message of support. When will we see a politician from either side that actually has the cahonas to stand up for the people of this country regardless of who he pisses off.

  • Robert49

    I am basically sick of these leftist American hating congressmen. if they hate the truth of a govt agency’s unlawful acts being exposed then they hate America!

  • Love-UR-Country

    this guy will be in the history books as a hero to the American people. Its really getting to be one crazy country to live in where if you do the RIGHT thing for the American public and you are honest you are not welcome in a high ranking government POSITION.

  • Alex Masters

    They hate J. Russell George because he’s black.

    • disqus_4SRYzOEtQx

      Clarify your post to reflect that liberals/progressives/socialists/pinko commies hate J. Russell George because he’s black AND NOT TOWING THEIR LINE/AGENDA.

  • lj

    The Democrats on these committee’s don’t care about the illegality of the IRS. They are all in Hive mentality, Lock step mode to protect Obama at all costs. They don’t care about their constituents, only their special interest groups and protecting Obama. It’s pathetic the way they ignore facts and blame Republicans for investigating.

  • maybeperfect

    Dr.King’s heart would have swollen in pride witnessing the spirit and integrity of this person.

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