The watchdog group Citizens for Ethics and Responsibility in Washington had a big surprise during a conference call with reporters Tuesday to announce the latest complaint CREW had filed with the Internal Revenue Service: the subject of the complaint joined the call and defended himself.

CREW’s executive director Melanie Sloan was in the midst of announcing the whistleblower complaint against conservative attorney James Bopp Jr., his eponymous Bopp Law Firm, and his tax-exempt organization, the James Madison Center for Free Speech. As she responded to reporters’ questions about the IRS whistleblower complaint her group had filed, Bopp crashed the party and began explaining his own position, until he was cut off by CREW officials, who demanded he should organize his own conference call.

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