Dems: GOP’s Targeting of IRS Abuses ‘Orwellian’

The documentation already is in. The IRS did target conservative groups with invasive questions such as the content of their prayers, and then delayed their tax status requests so they effectively were blocked from participating in the 2012 election cycle.

And there’s no doubt, based on email and other evidence, and the fact that she headed the IRS tax exempt division at the time, that the events creating the controversy swirled around former IRS executive Lois Lerner.

But Democrats on Thursday unleashed accusations that the GOP was engaging in an McCarthyist attempt to “shred the Bill of Rights” by pursuing congressional contempt charges against Lerner, who originally defended herself in the scandal, but then argued that the Fifth Amendment protected her from answering any questions.

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