Via The Chicago Tribune:
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A U.S. Internal Revenue Service manager, who described himself as a conservative Republican, told congressional investigators that he and a local colleague decided to give conservative groups the extra scrutiny that has prompted weeks of political controversy.
In an official interview transcript released on Sunday by Democratic Representative Elijah Cummings, the manager said he and an underling set aside “Tea Party” and “patriot” groups that had applied for tax-exempt status because the organizations appeared to pose a new precedent that could affect future IRS filings.
Done. Stick a fork in it. Goodnight. Adios.
The ENTIRE basis for this “scandal” was supposed to be that the IRS, at the behest of that radical liberal Obama, was targeting conservative groups to shut them down. So far, the fact that not one of them was denied their tax exempt status despite clearly being a political organization didn’t quell the bullshit from the right.
But this really should be the end of it. If the media has a shred of integrity left in it, they will be blaring this from the rooftops. Then they should completely drop the IRS story outside of whether the IRS should start actually following the law says these groups must be”exclusively” about social issue and not “primarily” which has allowed con artists like Karl Rove to abuse the system.
This will now be my go to example of right wing dishonesty because I guarantee as I live and breathe, Darrell Issa will continue his witch hunt into how the White House was still somehow really behind all of this. Meanwhile, the conservative entertainment complex will simply ignore this revelation and keep insisting that people need to go to jail.
And Fox will never ever have the conservative Republican IRS agent on to discuss it. EVER.