Source: Jake Miller / CBS News
The top Democrat on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee is calling attention to evidence that seemingly contradicts the claims from congressional Republicans that the IRS targeting of conservative groups originated in Washington, D.C.
In a letter to committee chairman Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., highlights the testimony of an IRS manager in Cincinnati who oversaw the screening process for tax-exempt groups. In his testimony, the IRS manager, who identifies himself as a “conservative Republican,” told committee staff members that he had no reason to believe the White House was involved in the targeting scandal, and that he did not believe the targeting was motivated by a political bias against conservatives.
In his letter, Cummings told Issa that his “extreme accusations” of Washington’s involvement in the IRS scandal were “unsubstantiated,” and that he had “damaged” the credibility of the oversight committee.
“Your approach in all of these cases has been to accuse first, and then go in search of evidence to back up your claims,” Cummings wrote. “Rather than apologizing or correcting the record when the evidence does not fit your narrative, you have selectively leaked excerpts of interview transcripts, documents, and other information, and you have withheld evidence that directly contradicts your claims, is exculpatory, or provides a more complete and fair understanding of the facts.”
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