Hatch: Obama Ordered IRS to Target Conservative Groups

Sen. Orrin Hatch says a new congressional report shows that the IRS “heeded the president’s call” to harass Tea Party groups in the run-up to the 2012 presidential election.

Reports The Hill:

Hatch said on the Senate floor that “regardless of whether an explicit directive was given, the president gave the order to target conservative groups at every opportunity” and the report “contains clear evidence that IRS and other agencies heeded the president’s call.”

But Wyden fired back that “a review of 1.5 million pages of emails and documents and interviews with more than 30 IRS officials doesn’t point to a single shred of political interference.”

Hatch — who recommended that senators “read the doggone  report” — added that “a lot of work … needs to be done if the agency is every going to restore the confidence and regain the public’s trust.”

McConnell appeared to echo that sentiment on Wednesday evening, saying that “the time for forthright answers and an actual, serious plan from the Obama Administration to prevent this from ever happening again is now.”