CONGRESSIONAL LEADERS ISSUE SUBPOENAS AND SLAM IRS FOR ‘SYSTEMATIC EFFORT TO DELAY, FRUSTRATE, IMPEDE, AND OBSTRUCT’ INVESTIGATION OF TEA PARTY TARGETING

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Frustrated Republican leaders in Congress levied harsh criticisms against the IRS and the White House for obstructing their investigation into targeting of conservative groups and issued a sweeping subpoena Friday to compel the administration to deliver emails about the scandal.

The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee issued a broad subpoena Friday to Treasury Secretary Jack Lew that demands all e-mail communications between the IRS and the White House from February 2010 to the present.

House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif. Photo Credit: AP

“During the past two weeks, President Obama and you have repeatedly labeled the IRS’s strategy of targeting Americans for their political beliefs as a ‘phony’ scandal,” Oversight committee chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., said in a letter to Lew. “While the Obama Administration has so publicly deflected responsibility for the targeting, it simultaneously has attempted to thwart congressional oversight into the matter.”

Issa continued, saying the IRS “has engaged in a systematic effort to delay, frustrate, impede, and obstruct the Committee’s investigation.”

The committee has subpoenaed “all communications sent by IRS employees to an e-mail address with the domain ‘who.eop.gov’ from February 1, 2010 to August 2, 2013.” That is the domain for employees of the White House Executive Office of the President. Further, the committee is compelling the release of “All communications received by IRS employees from an e-mail address with the domain name ‘who.eop.gov’” for the same period.

The committee is further compelling the Treasury Department to produce all communications to and from Lois Lerner, the former IRS Exempt Organizations chief now on paid leave, from Jan. 1, 2009 through Aug. 2, 2013. Lerner announced that targeting had occurred in May, preempting the release of an inspector general’s report. But Lerner blamed it on “rogue employees” in the Cincinnati IRS office.

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