The Internal Revenue Service is too incompetent to stop its own illegal behavior and it continues to target conservative groups even after President Barack Obama said the practices would stop, insists Illinois Republican Rep. Aaron Schock.
"After the investigation had already begun, after the illegal behavior had already been exposed, they were asking pro-life groups how much of their time was being spent in prayer, how much of their time was being spent outside of abortion clinics, things that are clearly illegal for the IRS to ask when it's determining the tax-exempt status of any organization," Schock said in a Fox News interview on Friday.
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And according to recent testimony from an IRS screener in Cincinnati, the IRS has not issued any new guidelines in the wake of the scandal and all applications from political advocacy groups are being referred for secondary screening, The Hill
Schock said that while Democrats want the IRS scandal to fade away the issue will remain a topic for discussion.
"I would remind you that the only reason the American people are continuing to hear about this, the only reason that we know that the illegal targeting is continuing, is because we have a Republican-controlled House," Schock told Fox. "The Democrats on the committee have already said if they ran the place, the investigation would be complete."
But in an interview with USA Today
, Democratic Rep. Sander Levin accused Republicans of "trying to twist the facts to fit their political narrative."
"This particular screener is not singling out applications but rather sending all potential political advocacy cases for secondary screening out of an abundance of caution," Levin said.
Obama himself has accused the GOP of creating "phony scandals” to further its agenda.
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