|For Immediate Release
May 20, 2013
Contact: Press Office
Simple Question For Maloney: Are The IRS’s Actions Illegal?
Senior WH Official Says It’s “Irrelevant” Whether Laws Were Broken, Does Maloney Agree?
WASHINGTON – While appearing on ABC’s This Week yesterday, White House Senior Advisor Dan Pfeiffer claimed it was “irrelevant” whether the IRS broke the law when improperly targeting conservative groups.
With a senior White House official calling the law “irrelevant,” it’s time for fellow Democrat Sean Patrick Maloney to speak up. Does he believe the IRS’s actions were against the law?
“Who does Sean Patrick Maloney stand with: the White House or New York taxpayers?” said NRCC Communications Director Andrea Bozek. “It is extremely relevant whether the IRS broke the law as we look to hold the guilty accountable and prevent this scandal from occurring again. This is just more proof why Democrats should not have complete control of Washington, like President Obama and Nancy Pelosi would like.”
White House Senior Advisor Dan Pfeiffer On IRS Scandal: “Law Is Irrelevant.” GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS: “What does the President believe? Does the President believe that would be illegal?” DAN PFEIFFER: “I can’t speak to the law here. The law is irrelevant. The activity was outrageous and inexcusable and it was stopped.” (ABC’s ” This Week,” 5/19/13)
According To A Report From The Treasury’s Inspector General, “Ineffective Management” At The IRS Led To The Recent Scandal. “Ineffective management at the Internal Revenue Service allowed agents to improperly target tea party groups for extra scrutiny when they applied for tax exempt status, an internal Treasury Department report said Tuesday. Lax managers allowed the practice to go on for more than 18 months, said the report from the Treasury inspector general for tax administration.” (“Inspector General Says Ineffective Management At IRS Allowed Agents To Target Tea Party Groups,” Associated Press, 5/14/13)
· The Associated Press Reported That Senior IRS Officials Knew Of The Targeting In 2011. “Senior Internal Revenue Service officials knew agents were targeting tea party groups as early as 2011, according to a draft of an inspector general’s report obtained by The Associated Press that seemingly contradicts public statements by the IRS commissioner.” (“IRS Targeted Tea Party Groups Earlier Than 2012,” Associated Press, 5/11/13)
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