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May 17, 2013 - 1:55 pm

In a memo going out from House GOP leaders to rank and file members today, the White House has been put on notice that it must cooperate with future information requests in the growing IRS scandal.

Congress has a responsibility to determine
not only who is responsible for this outrage, but also how it was allowed to continue despite repeated concerns and inquires raised by Congress. In addition, answers are needed as to why senior IRS officials did not correct the record after learning of the problem.

The House investigation enters a new phase now that the allegations of political bias, denied for two years, have been revealed to be true. On Wednesday, acting IRS Commissioner Steven Miller submitted his resignation at the request of the White House and the Department of the Treasury.

Whether or not the Administration is sincere in its condemnation of these actions will quickly be revealed by its willingness to cooperate with Congress, turn over requested documents, and make officials available for interviews with congressional investigators. A failure to swiftly and fully comply with congressional requests will speak louder than any words of apology or condemnation could.

The memo is address to all House members, from Majority Leader Eric Cantor, House Ways and Means Chairman Dave Camp, and House Government Oversight and Reform Chairman Darrell Issa.

Miller’s testimony earlier today was consistently uninformative. When asked for specific information and names of individuals involved in the abuse, Miller tended answer with variations of “I don’t know.”

Attorney General Eric Holder followed a similar pattern earlier in the week when he testified about the Department of Justice’s sweep of Associated Press phone records.

When he was asked about his knowledge of the IRS scandal at the White House Thursday, President Barack Obama likewise refused to answer directly, and instead offered a lawyerly reply that did not answer the question at all.

Today’s memo suggests that going forward, the House will expect the White House to stop claiming that it finds the IRS’ actions outrageous, and just comply with any investigations demanding information, witnesses and answers.

The memo also offers a comprehensive timeline of the major events in the IRS abuse scandal.

Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.

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"A failure to swiftly and fully comply with congressional requests will speak louder than any words of apology or condemnation could". That sounds as tough as Obama threats to middle eastern dictators.

If I'm the Dems and Obama my question to the memo is - Or What?? What are you really going to do? Because we are not intimidated by bluster and "being exposed" doesn't hurt us at the polls. So be careful Republicans - this is a bump in the road - and once we take care of the AP issue we will own the media fully again. And you will continue to get screwed.
47 weeks ago
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Anyone who knows any of the GOP members of any of the investigating committees, send 'em the name Nancy Marks. She was the only name Miller gave when he was asked if he'd even *tried* to find who was responsible for the targeting.
Interview Manks privately, and see what she has to say about everything Miller asked her about. You can even offer her immunity--it's not like anyone's gonna go to jail for any of this anyway. Then ask her if Miller or any of his representatives made any effort to prepare her for her appearance.

Then using a big fat transcript of her *secret* testimony, grill Miller again. My bet is that they won't be able to keep their stories straight for long.
47 weeks ago
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Marc: I'd like to agree with you. However, watching the Kabuli theatre over Fast & Furious, the memo is more likely code for:

"Act tough while the cameras and microphones are on this one. We need to make sure the voters are sufficiently bulls***ted so we get reelected. Then, it's business as usual all over again. We'll grow the deficit and blame the Dems, and we'll block gun control and take the fall for that. The dumba** voters will get all angry like Pavlov's dog and hate on each other, leaving us alone to do our thing. But in the end, the poor slobs won't be able to afford ammunition (we're not going to limit government purchases, after all) so they won't have functioning firearms. Then we can quit pretending we're a two party system and finish consolidating, and it's feudalism time. Hunger games, here we come."
47 weeks ago
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Typo: Kabuki
47 weeks ago
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Whoopie, a harsh memo! Maybe Paul Ryan will also bring it up during his next candle-light dinner with Barry. We can sleep better now.
47 weeks ago
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It's a memo from the Majority leader to the House members about what attitude to take in going forward with this investigation. Translated, it means, "Take no guff from the WH. Press them hard. Expose them whenever they try to stonewall." It's a strategy memo, and it's a proper one.
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