Democrats in the House are calling on lawmakers to investigate the inspector general whose audit uncovered the Internal Revenue Service's targeting of conservative groups, claiming his work was misleading and politically motivated.
According to The Washington Times
, Democrats say they have evidence that Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration J. Russell George omitted critical information in his review, and are calling for the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee to investigate.
"The committee has obtained new documents that raise serious questions about the inspector general's report, his testimony before Congress [on May 22], and his subsequent assertions in letters to members of Congress," wrote Democratic Rep. Elijah Cummings of Maryland, in a letter to committee Chairman Darrell Issa, according to the Times.
Democrats claim George may have been politically biased, having served earlier in his career for a number of prominent Republican politicians, including Sen. Bob Dole of Kansas and President George H.W. Bush, before being appointed to his current role by President George W. Bush.
"This is a Republican-appointed inspector general. This is someone who has donated and worked for prominent Republicans. Are we as Democrats and the public to believe that he is objective and simply followed the truth where it leads?" asked Virginia Rep. Gerald Connolly, according to the Times.
Former Rep. Thomas Davis III, a Virginia Republican who chaired the House oversight committee from 2003 to 2007, said there is no evidence that George has done anything inappropriate and believes Democrats are under orders to "attack the attackers."
"I know Russell George, and I don't see any partisan bones in his body on this stuff," Davis told the Times. "This guy is a straight shooter. He is a Harvard Law School graduate. I think he calls balls and strikes straight down the middle."
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