Controversy not going away
LAFAYETTE, LA (KADN) — The controversy with the internal revenue service continues. The question is, did the IRS target conservative groups or tea party supporters with their audits and additional scrutiny? This past week President Obama in several public speaking events diminished the IRS targeting investigation as nothing more than a "phony" scandal. But the investigations continue and the congressional hearings will also get started again. Lafayette native Congressman Boustany is chairman of the House Ways and Means subcommittee on Oversight in that congressional hearing. He says this IRS controversy will not go away, in fact it's really starting to heat up now.
"This is not going to go away, and I want to urge everybody to understand that it is going to take time to review all this stuff. We will not let up until we get to the bottom of it. We're going to reform this agnecy because the IRS is the most powerful agency in our federal government as it relates to everybody. It can destroy you or me, it can destroy a CEO of a big company, and it can be done very abitarily if the law is not followed. That agency has to be reigned and it has to follow the rule of law. We're going to provide the kind of congressional oversight that has not happened in the past prior to the time I took that gavel," says Congressman Boustany.
And this afternoon the House OVersight Committee announced that the committee would expand it's probe into improper targeting of political groups systematically reviewed conservative groups years after they had already been granted tax exemption.