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Cleta Mitchell: GOP House Leaders Could Unravel IRS Scandal

By    |   Wednesday, 12 November 2014 01:36 PM

New leadership of key House committees, combined with the Senate's new Republican majority, could enable Congress to both enact tax reform and rein in the Internal Revenue Service while finally getting to the bottom of its targeting scandal, Washington D.C. attorney Cleta Mitchell told "America's Forum" on Newsmax TV Wednesday.

Democrats on both the House Ways and Means and Oversight and Government Reform committees have done "everything they can to obstruct those investigations," Mitchell said.

And "the Democrats in the Senate have done virtually nothing but try to protect the administration and the IRS."

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However, the committees will have new leadership, Mitchell said, with Wisconsin Republican Rep. Paul Ryan stepping up to chair Ways and Means, and, she hopes, Ohio Republican Rep. Jim Jordan with Oversight. Jordan would be replacing term-limited California Republican Rep. Darrell Issa.

When added to Senate committee members who have stood up to the IRS, Mitchell said she thinks that lawmakers will finally get to the bottom of the IRS scandal.

Mitchell said she is partial to Jordan as she has worked closely with him, and knows without him "there would not have been an inspector general's report that documented and demonstrated the reality of the targeting conservatives."

After Jordan started getting complaints, she said, he directed his staff to have former IRS official Lois Lerner come to Washington to answer questions.

"She was so arrogant and so dismissive and refused to cooperate any way, shape or form that that's when he and his staff said, 'Look, we can't just let this slide' and that's when they prepared the request asking for the inspector general's investigation," said Mitchell.

Further, Jordan has been relentless in going after the Justice Department for its failure to "properly investigate" the IRS, she said.

"In my view, the real behind the scenes force has been Jim Jordan, and I'm hoping that the Oversight Committee of the House will see that and will make him the next chairman," she said.

Meanwhile, Mitchell said she has the "greatest respect" for Issa, whom she describes as having been "wonderful in terms of being aggressive and trying to go after the IRS, but Jim Jordan's style is a little bit more conciliatory."

As such, Jordan could help bring in some Democrats to support a push against the IRS, said Mitchell.

She also said Ryan will be a key force for reining in the IRS, describing him as being "very tough and very intent."

"I'm very hopeful that this new group of leaders under the Republican majority will understand that it's not enough just to talk about substantive tax reform," said Mitchell. "If Congress does not also reform the agency that administers the tax code, they will not have done the complete job.

"You can't reform the IRS until you root out all of the scandals and the misbehavior and the abuses of the American taxpayer."

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