IRS interviews show no political bias, Democrats say
July 16th, 2013
02:45 PM ET
9 months ago

IRS interviews show no political bias, Democrats say

Washington (CNN) – In the latest salvo of a pitched political battle over Internal Revenue Service targeting, the top Democrat on the House Oversight Committee said Tuesday that interviews with 15 tax agency employees found no evidence of bias or White House manipulation alleged by Republicans.

"Despite an extremely aggressive investigation involving thousands of documents and more than a dozen interviews of IRS employees, the overwhelming evidence before the committee reveals no political motivation or White House involvement in this process," said the memo made public by Rep. Elijah Cummings of Maryland, the panel's ranking Democrat.

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  1. just askin

    the standard democrat response....

    fast and furious.... oops we lost thousands of guns and many people got killed.... happens all the time... nothing to see here.

    benghazi..... ooops, we denied the ambassador protection he begged for, and he and 3 others died because of it. happens all the time.... nothing to see here.

    benghazi... ooops, an attack on 9/11 and we weren't prepared to respond and decided to let those people die without trying to help. happens all the time. nothing to see here.

    irs.... oops, we got caught targeting our political opponents and keepin gthem out of two elections. happens all the time. nothing to see here.

    July 16, 2013 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  2. Ed1

    I would be willing to bet more Republicans were looked at vs. Democrats.

    July 16, 2013 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  3. just sayin

    Rudy NYC
    just sayin
    so let's list all of the progressive groups that were asked for their list of donors and all of the progressive groups that were delayed through the two election cycles and still haven't been approved. there are none.
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    There are plenty of them.
    -–

    and yet you have failed to list any of them in any of your responses during this entire investigation. if there truly are many of them you should have no problem listing them, some of them, any of them. yet all you write is the standard bs democrat smoke and mirror talking points, aka lies.

    July 16, 2013 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  4. Data Driven

    @just askin,

    Oops, all your talking points have been debunked. But, hey, believe what you want. Free country.

    July 16, 2013 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  5. Sniffit

    "Sorry... just because a Democrat says it does not make it true."

    Read the transcripts and the docs that have been made available. This isn't a statement without any backup. And I'm sorry, but this whole thing started solely because an IG said it and you believed it true and then Issa and the Teatrolls started making all sorts of specious assumptions and spurious accusations and you simply believed that they were true. Now, the worm is turning, and the evidence is clearly starting to show that there was no special "singling out" of Teatroll and conservative groups, so Issa has gone remarkably silent and the MSM has only bothered to do a very superficial job of covering what's actually coming out in the evidence. They BOTH know they were wrong and have some apologizing to do.

    July 16, 2013 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  6. Geordie

    You are destroying your country from within , you are allowing politicians to divide and conquer and you all follow like sheep whatever side you are on.
    Have you all lost the ability to think for yourself ..!!!???

    July 16, 2013 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  7. The Real Tom Paine

    the standard GOP response.....

    I did not get ice cream for dessert: lets ring up Darrel Issa

    My kids are lazy, greedy, ammoral and materialistic: lets blame President Obama and Eric Holder

    People are massacred at a mall: lets make sure the streets are flooded with more guns, and that the NRA dictates policy on matters of public safety, and make sure to blame the President ( again).After all, we know he's responsible for all the evil in the world.

    The GOP ran up the tab for over 3 decades with irresponsible tax cuts that effectively froze middle class income for more than a generation: Ignore, ignore, ignore, lets get some more of that! We don't accept any blame, we're the GOP. We are omnipotent, and all seeing, and all-wise. We are smarter than you, because we worship the Golden Calf, not the Golden Rule ( that's for those weaklings who have never read Ayn Rand).

    July 16, 2013 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  8. Sniffit

    ""That's kind of laughable that people think that," the memo quoted the woman as saying."

    Yeah, it would be if it wasn't so damaging to the proper functioning of congress. But hey, that's PRECISELY why it's being used by Issa and the Teatrolls: their goal is to damage the functioning of congress and try to manufacture an false-narrative excuse for trying to impeach Obama.

    July 16, 2013 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  9. Rudy NYC

    just saying wrote:

    "There are plenty of them."

    and yet you have failed to list any of them in any of your responses during this entire investigation. if there truly are many of them you should have no problem listing them, some of them, any of them. yet all you write is the standard bs democrat smoke and mirror talking points, aka lies.
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    Just wait until Thursday's hearing. The fact that you have not listed any groups has been noted and logged.

    July 16, 2013 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  10. just askin

    so how many of these progressive groups that were targeted by the irs, according to the democrats, have joined the lawsuit aginst the irs or filed their own law suit? zero.

    democrats think the american people are stupid.

    July 16, 2013 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  11. yeahright

    Ed1

    I would be willing to bet more Republicans were looked at vs. Democrats.

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    That would only be relevant if there were an equal number of Democratic versus Republican applications. I would be willing to bet that is not the case,

    July 16, 2013 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  12. it must be said

    Top IRS officials are pleading the 5th and the Democrats think there isn't a problem??? The investgation JUST STARTED and they are trying to shut it down because they know this leads directly to Washington DC, which it already has. Their lies about this being a few rouge agents in Cinci have already been proven to be false. So now they come with another bunch of lies to try and derail the investgation.

    July 16, 2013 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  13. Steveo

    @Al-NY,NY

    Steveo.....I know that his Democratic opponent is asking now. Assuming he wins the nomination, it will be tightie righties by the dozen dragging this out
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    So you surmise the right is going do to Spitzer (which is a guess) what the left did to Romney (which is a fact)? IF Spitzer follows the demand of his DEMOCRATIC opponent, exactly why would the right need to ask for the same thing?

    July 16, 2013 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  14. OK fine.

    and yet you have failed to list any of them in any of your responses during this entire investigation
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    Emerge Ameria.

    There's one. Actually there's three. It was the Maine, Nevada and Massachucetts chapters, which all filed individually.
    They were the only ones to actually be denied. Are you happy now?

    It really was not that hard to look up.

    July 16, 2013 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  15. Rick McDaniel

    The Dems are complete and total LIARS! All they do, is use every possible means to gain more and more advantage, politically.

    July 16, 2013 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  16. Steveo

    @Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    I'm sure his returns are a clear indictment of him being a 1%er, but we know Elliot. However, we don't know you Mr. Stringer.
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    We don't know Wendy Davis either but solely based upon a 13 hour fillibuster, she apparently is the next governor of Texas!

    July 16, 2013 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  17. Steveo

    @Rudy NYC

    Fair is Fair

    Looks like fake Fair is Fair got both Dutch and Rudy to bite.
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    I thought so. I expressed by doubts on one. But, don't worry about it happening any more, at least for now. Steveo's back.
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    Sorry Rudy! I use my own handle! I don't highjack the handle of another! Why should I Nobody here knows me, my name , or what I look like!

    July 16, 2013 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
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