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July 10, 2013 - 6:02 pm

House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) is keeping up pressure on the Internal Revenue Service with a hearing focusing on the relationship between IRS officials that vetted tax-exemption applications in Cincinnati and IRS officials in Washington.

Witnesses have yet to be announced for the July 18 hearing titled “The IRS’s Systematic Delay and Scrutiny of Tea Party Applications.”

“Washington and Cincinnati IRS officials have told Committee investigators that they understood Tea Party applications were being isolated from other cases and subjected to extra scrutiny to ensure fair, efficient, and consistent treatment,” said Issa. “While President Obama has already dismissed the head of the IRS in the wake of this scandal, this hearing will examine why decisions to elevate cases to more senior levels of the IRS led to unjust delays and unfair treatment of Tea Party applications.”

Issa said evidence gathered so far in the IRS investigation “makes clear that had Washington IRS officials simply kept their hands off these cases and allowed employees in the Cincinnati office to process applications independently, instead of facing excessive delays, these cases would have been processed just like other advocacy cases.”

“Witnesses from both the Washington and Cincinnati offices will be asked to explain why, even as dozens of applications for progressive groups were being approved, orders from senior levels within the IRS resulted in inappropriate and disparate treatment for Tea Party applications,” he said.

Bridget Johnson is a veteran journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She is an NPR contributor and has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.

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zzzzzzzzzzz....is this just to keep your staff busy doing something? It appears that way, with the complete absence of INDICTMENTS, that is. Do you expect us to believe after hundreds of thousands of documents, interviews and testimony that you have founf absolutely ZERO criminal acts? Are the dems actually correct by claiming that? I suppose it is technically possible that you are waiting until its all wrapped up with a bow around it, but I doubt it. Either bring these criminals to justice, or leave it alone until we get a real Congress that will actually seek out wrongdoing and punish accordingly. People are starting to tune you out because you never reach any conclusions resulting in indictments.

Remember BENGHAZI! (looks like I'll be the only one, but I will speak out until the day I die)
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Hey, we need to support the guys and gals who are actually doing something. I' sent a tweet poking Boehner in the eye for not leading on this, and Benghazi, and sent a "thank you" to Issa for not letting this issue wither away.

remember, Watergate took a helluva long time to work its way to completion.
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