Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, D-Md., the ranking Democrat on the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, has sent a letter to committee chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., urging him to stop making unsubstantiated allegations about the IRS Tea Party targeting scandal being traced back to the White House.
Cummings also presented new information Sunday about the committee’s six-hour transcribed interview with a self-identified “conservative Republican” manager who led a team of IRS screeners in Cincinnati as they reviewed applications by Tea Party groups for tax exempt status. The manager, who served as an IRS civil servant for 21 years, denied Issa’s claim of White House involvement in targeting conservative groups (see Congress Unveils IRS Employee Interviews about Tea Party Groups). The IRS manager defended the actions of his team as attempting to ensure consistency and focus on the facts and circumstances of individual cases, and rejected any suggestion that political considerations played a role in his actions or those of his screeners.
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