The IRS scandal "is the biggest of our generation," says Daniel Scarpinato, national press secretary for the National Republican Congressional Committee.
Scarpinato appeared with Democratic strategist Bridget Todd on Newsmax TV
’s "America’s Forum" to discuss the IRS’ targeting of conservative groups and the recent announcement by the agency that two years’ worth of emails from the former supervisor of the tax-exempt division were lost in a computer crash.
Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas has called for the appointment of a special prosecutor.
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"It's not just Republicans or conservatives who are outraged, I know Democrats who are very upset about this because if this was a Republican administration and this is the kind of thing that we decide is acceptable in our country, then this could turn around on them. I don't think any of us believe that that's right." Scarpinato said.
Todd suggested that there is no evidence of wrongdoing rising to the level of appointing a special prosecutor.
"There's speculation — it looks a certain way — but to commit all of this money and time, taxpayer money might I add, into getting a special prosecutor, I just don't know if it's the right step considering there's no hard evidence that these emails, their whereabouts, proves anything," she said.
The American people deserve an unbiased investigation, Scarpinato shot back, pointing out that the IRS needs to be held accountable.
"For goodness sake, they committed taxpayer resources to targeting people based on their politics. Maybe we could spend some taxpayer dollars to find out what really happened. The IRS should hold itself to the same standard that it holds Americans to. I'm pretty sure that if I lost my shoebox full of receipts and told Lois Lerner I couldn't file my taxes, that wouldn't fly."
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