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July 18, 2013 - 5:28 pm

Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) appeared on the Janine Turner Show Thursday to discuss the day’s hearing into the IRS abuse scandal. Gowdy sits on the House Government Oversight and Reform Committee. Turner interviewed him shortly after the conclusion of today’s hearings.

Gowdy noted that today’s hearing featured two IRS employees from the Cincinnati office, which IRS official Lois Lerner blamed for the agency’s abuse of Tea Party and conservative groups. The two witnesses, Elizabeth Hofacre and Carter Hull, both testified that the orders in the scandal came from Washington, and were never explained to them or the other IRS officials who worked in the Cincinnati office.

Gowdy also assured listeners that both the IRS and Benghazi scandals are moving ahead despite the fact that both have been crowded out of the news lately by other stories. He said that time in hearings is so limited that while they make for good theater, they make for poor investigation techniques. He said that where he had five minutes to question witnesses in the hearing, he might take five hours to question them in a deposition. He said that witnesses and suspects are being interviewed in an ongoing basis away from the spotlight of the hearings.

Turner asked Gowdy if Congress will eventually get to the bottom of who ordered the targeting of these groups.

“It will get done,” Gowdy replied. “It’s tedious, it is slow, it not always sexy at all. Sometimes it’s flat out boring. But I’ve been through so many trials in my life. All witnesses don’t hit home runs.”

“It’s not going away, in fact, we’re gonna talk about it in our town halls in August,” Gowdy added. He encouraged all of his House colleagues to use their August townhalls with constituents to talk about the scandal, because “If anything ought to transcend partisan politics, it ought to be government targeting people based on political ideology.” He said that American voters can help Congress provide oversight in the case.

About three-fourths of the American people favor a special prosecutor in the IRS abuse scandal.

Listen to the entire interview here.

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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Rep. Gowdy, before August please put together a brief instruction manual for other Representatives on how to 'talk about the scandal' effectively when they go to their districts. Because I have zero confidence that they know how to effectively do this in order to educate the marginally informed.

Be aggressive and make the manual comprehensible all the way up to a 6th grade level so our GOP compatriots can know exactly what they need to say to their constituents.
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All I see are RINOs, every last one, giving respect to the 'ranking member' Cummings.

No wonder there is such a large faction of people that believe there is no such thing as a two party system

I would tell Cummings to shut his Trayvon mouth and sit down. Cummings is a moron in a seat of power that he has zero business being in.
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mr gowdy, i have heard it all before. i'll believe it when i see it and i don't imagine that i will ever see it. even if you are an honest person, which i doubt, there are 435 of you and there aren't eleven that are worth the space you take up.

be really nice to know about Benghazi while you are at it. just tell me where Obama was and what he was doing while good men died.

please prove me wrong
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Rep. Gowdy, you are one of the very few remaining congressmen I have any faith in....please do not let us down. Also, please do not let Benghazi fade into history; to me, that goes to the very root of what it means to be an American - if we'll allow that to happen without repercussion, we are already lost as a society. We are under attack and must fight back. I'll volunteer for the front line if a competent leader will step forward and organize us.

Remember BENGHAZI!
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I'm not holding my breath.
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