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Rep. Camp Accuses White House of Stonewalling in IRS Scandal

Rep. Camp Accuses White House of Stonewalling in IRS Scandal
House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Rep. Dave Camp, R-Mich. (Jason Reed/Reuters/Landov)

Thursday, 23 October 2014 08:07 AM

House Ways and Means Chairman Dave Camp has accused the Obama administration of blocking his committee from grilling a key official who may help solve the "mystery" surrounding missing Internal Revenue Service emails.

Rep. Camp, a Michigan Republican, has been attempting for five weeks to question Treasury senior counsel Hannah Stott-Bumsted, who had knowledge of former IRS supervisor Lois Lerner’s lost emails months before Congress learned they had vanished, Politico reports, citing a source.

The lost Lerner emails may be central to unraveling who knew what and when in the scandal involving the IRS targeting of tea-party and conservative nonprofit groups seeking tax-exempt status.

"Your office is now refusing to make available until after the election the very person that could unlock the mystery," Camp wrote in a letter to Treasury Secretary Jack Lew. "This is completely unacceptable."

Politico reported Treasury had informed Camp that Stott-Bumsted would not be available to testify before his committee until after the midterm elections on Nov. 4.

The agency instead suggested it could give the committee written answers to the questions for Stott-Bumsted, according to the political news website.

"There has been no evidence that Treasury was involved in the screening of applications for tax-exempt status described … or that Lois Lerner communicated with anyone at Treasury about these matters," said a Treasury spokesperson.

"Nonetheless, Treasury is committed to continuing to cooperate with Congress and has been working with the committee to address this specific request."

Republicans have claimed the block on questioning Stott-Bumsted is the latest move by the White House to conceal the targeting scandal, which was sparked in May 2013 when Lerner admitted the agency had specifically focused on conservative groups applying for tax exemptions.

The IRS has claimed that Lerner’s emails were lost during a computer crash in 2011 when she held a senior position at the agency. Congress was not informed of the missing emails until June 2014, even though the IRS had known of the loss four months earlier than that, according to Politico.

IRS Commissioner John Koskinen has said that he learned about the lost emails in the late spring. His legal counsel Catherine Duval told House Oversight Committee Republicans that she had informed a longtime friend at Treasury, Stott-Bumsted, about the emails in April.

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House Ways and Means Chairman Dave Camp has accused the Obama administration of blocking his committee from grilling a key official who may help solve the "mystery" surrounding missing Internal Revenue Service emails.
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