GOP Sen. Pat Roberts told radio host Hugh Hewitt that he believes the IRS scandal leads ultimately to Valerie Jarrett’s office and that Democrats tried to scuttle the investigation to protect the White House.
Roberts said that a Senate Finance Committee investigation into the IRS scandal was “whitewashed” by Democrats on the panel. “The effort was made by the majority, by the Democrats in the Congress, to simply end that investigation,” he said Friday.
The IRS has been under investigation by Congress for targeting conservative groups during the 2012 election cycle, setting up obstacles to their applications for nonprofit status and trying to disrupt their ability to support legal conservative causes in the same ways liberal nonprofits support Democrats.
Tea Party and other conservative groups that were applying for nonprofit status had their applications blocked, often receiving lengthy questionnaires that intruded on group members’ privacy, such as names and financial information, the names and contact information of speakers, and in at least one case, questions about the content of group members’ prayers.
Former IRS director of the Exempt Organizations Unit Lois Lerner has been the designated fall guy so far, refusing to reveal who was pulling her strings, though there has been plenty of circumstantial evidence revealed to the public to suggest the high-level officials at Department of Justice were in on the targeting.
In addition, many have suspected that the origin of Lerner’s orders is inside the White House, something Sen. Roberts said he believes after viewing evidence in the Finance Committee’s possession.
“I’m convinced that even Valerie Jarrett was involved,” he said. “I think this was White House-driven. I think all of the information at least that I saw leads to that, so we really have to finish this investigation.”
The IRS scandal has gotten relatively little media coverage, and the White House has acted dismissive of the investigation, dubbing it a “phony scandal” and otherwise refusing to even acknowledge that anything done was wrong.
The media, as they have done with most of the Obama Administration’s scandals, have for the most part toed the party line and painted the IRS investigation as simply another GOP effort to “get” Obama.
The stakes for the Administration are high, if history is any guide.
Among the impeachment charges prepared against President Nixon was the charge of using the IRS to target political enemies, and we all know how that turned out.
Because this time it’s a Democrat in the Oval Office, the liberal hypocrisy machine is in full swing. Despite that, Roberts stressed that it is important for the country to know the full truth.
“This is pretty serious business,” Roberts said. “This is egregious. We’re talking about First Amendment rights and freedom of speech.”
But the White House continues to cover up as the Constitution burns.