June 3, 2014

BRAD SMITH & DAVID KEATING, IN THE WALL ST. JOURNAL: Congress Abetted the IRS Targeting of Conservatives: We’ve filed a Senate ethics complaint against nine Senators who prodded the agency to silence opponents. “There is ample evidence that these efforts affected IRS policy, but the senators’ behavior is improper even if it did not. Senate rules require that the Ethics Committee take action. And we as citizens must make sure that the IRS is not abused by Democrats or Republicans for partisan electoral gain.”

The Senators named in the ethics complaint are Charles Schumer, Dick Durbin, Carl Levin, Michael Bennet, Sheldon Whitehouse, Al Franken, Jeanne Shaheen, Jeff Merkley and Tom Udall.

UPDATE: From the comments:

Every Dem senate and house candidate should be asked if they plan to sic the IRS on their political opponents.

If they say that doing so would be wrong, the followup question is whether they’d vote to censure the named senators.

Heh.