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June 03, 2013

IRS Inspector General: All the Cincinnati IRS Workers Refused to Say Who'd Ordered the Targeting; Compares Scandal to... Nixon's Abuses

Omerta.

IRS employees interviewed during a Treasury inspector general’s audit would not say who ordered them to target conservative groups, the inspector general told members of Congress on Monday.

“We did pose that question, and no one would acknowledge who, if anyone, provided that direction,” Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration J. Russell George said[.]

You know how the media keeps saying "We mustn't compare this to Nixon"?

You know who disagrees with that? The expert on this scandal, and the expert on IRS ethics -- the Inspector General of the IRS.

Russell George, the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA), said the targeting at the IRS his probe discovered was "unprecedented," and the closest comparison that came to mind was the targeting of political enemies by the administration of Richard Nixon.

"During the Nixon administration, there were attempts to use the Internal Revenue Services in manners that might be comparable in terms of misusing it. I'm not saying the actions taken here are comparable," he told a House Appropriations subcommittee. "This is unprecedented."



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