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Rep Chabot: How High Up Did IRS Scandal Go?

Image: Rep Chabot: How High Up Did IRS Scandal Go? U.S. Senators Steve Chabot, R-Ohio, left, and Rob Portman, R-Ohio.

Thursday, 30 May 2013 12:05 PM

By Lisa Barron

Two Republican lawmakers from Ohio say that the key question in the Internal Revenue Service scandal is how high up involvement went in the Obama administration.

Speaking to hundreds of tea party activists at a gathering near Cincinnati — where employees in the agency's local office requested additional information from conservative groups applying for tax-exempt status — Sen. Rob Portman and Rep. Steve Chabot said the White House must be more forthcoming, reports the Huffington Post.

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"The question is, 'How high up did it go?" said Chabot, adding: "And what's going to be done about it?"

Portman reportedly said he finds it difficult to believe that "rogue agents" in Cincinnati were responsible for the targeting of conservative groups, as the IRS has claimed.

IRS employees in Cincinnati reportedly have turned down interview requests, although some former workers said they don't believe there were political motivations for the targeting.
Portman also said he hoped whistle-blowers would reveal what happened and that a special prosecutor might be needed to investigate the case.

Otherwise, "we're going to have to go up to the next level," he added.


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