The IRS scandal continues to engulf the news cycle as critics from the both sides of the aisle express outrage and demand anger. While there is more than enough anger to go around, it appears some Republicans were informed about the IRS investigation last summer. Including Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA), the chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.
RS inspector general J. Russell George told Issa, in a letter dated July 11, 2012, that he was investigating the matter and offered to keep him updated on the progress. The same letter was sent to Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) as well. An Issa aide told ABC News, “The Oversight Committee knew about the audit because it requested it.”
The letter also pointed to Issa’s previously noted concerns about “questionnaires that the IRS has issued which may exceed appropriate scrutiny and a potential lack of balance in the use of criteria for reviewing organizations that are applying for tax-exempt status.”
“We would be happy to provide a status update to the Subcommittee staff and provide a copy of our interim and final reports on the matter when they are issued,” George wrote.
The aide who spoke to ABC News added that George emailed an update in December, saying, “We are leaving no stone unturned as part of our due diligence. As such, we won’t be able to provide a detailed, substantive briefing until late April/early May.”
The letter below, via BuzzFeed:
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