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Krauthammer: New Emails Proves ‘Lie’ in White House Claim IRS Didn’t Target GOPers

The conservative watchdog organization Judicial Watch, a group which recently forced the White House to release new email exchanges relating to the Benghazi attack, published newly uncovered communications which shed light on the scandal involving the IRS targeting conservative groups. Reacting to those new emails on Fox News Channel’s Special Report, columnist Charles Krauthammer said the emails prove the “lie” in the White House’s claim the targeting was not political or directed at conservatives.

One email from a former IRS official to a tax agency attorney in Washington appears to disprove the White House’s claim that two “rogue” agents in a Cincinnati office were solely responsible for the targeting of tea party groups.

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“They’re referring in these emails to tea party applications,” observed The Weekly Standard Senior Writer Stephen F. Hayes. “That makes it as clear as it can possibly be what the motive was here, what the politics were here.”

The Daily Beast columnist Kirsten Powers suggested that Congress simply submit Freedom of Information Act requests when they ask the administration to release documents. “It’s kind of hard to believe that they couldn’t have figured out that D.C. was involved in this,” she added.

“It gives lie to the administration claim that this had nothing to do with the election, nothing to do with targeting opponents of the administration,” Krauthammer submitted.

“This is a major abuse of power,” he continued. “They covered up for two years and now they say, ‘Hey, dude, two year old story.’ So it’s old news.”

He concluded by asking if the media would cover the story as he saw it, evidence of the White House “misleading America and covering it up.”

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