FBI Director James Comey was back before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday and had few answers to offer a passionate U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, about the ongoing IRS investigation.
Cruz began his line of questioning with a focus on what he called the “persistent stonewalling from the administration on this matter.”
“It has been 372 days, just over a year, since President Obama and Attorney General Holder both publicly stated that they were outraged at the IRS‘ improper targeting of conservative groups and individuals,” he said. “And yet, despite the passage of time, very little has happened.”
But he seemed to encounter even more stonewalling from the FBI director, who repeatedly said he could not talk about certain matters because of the pending investigation.
At one point, Cruz had a spirited exchange with the chairman of the committee, U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-V.T.
Cruz was in the process of berating Comey for yet another non-answer when Leahy stepped in, almost as if it were his sole responsibility to protect the new director, to say he had answered the question “appropriately.”
The interjection resulted in Cruz firing back at the chairman.
“I would note for the record that when I introduced an amendment before this committee to make it a criminal offense to willfully target American citizens based on their political views, the chairman and every Democratic member of this committee voted against it,” Cruz replied. “I understand that there’s not an interest among some members of this body in learning what happened.”
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