Republican U.S. Senator Marco Rubio has sent a letter to Treasury Secretary Jack Lew demanding the IRS Commissioner resign over the agency’s admission low-level Ohio staffers targeted some Tea Party groups for special scrutiny in 2011. The GOP and Republicans are claiming “Obama’s IRS” is playing politics and call the actions “chilling.”
The only problem?
There is no IRS Commissioner, only an acting one who was appointed when the actual IRS Commissioner — appointed by President George W. Bush in 2008, resigned in November.
So, whatever supposed shenanigans that took place in Cincinnati were under the leadership of a Republican, one who has since left.
Talking Points Memo notes:
“[I]t is clear the IRS cannot operate with even a shred of the American people’s confidence under the current leadership,” Rubio wrote in a letter to Treasury Secretary Jack Lew. “Therefore, I strongly urge that you and President Obama demand the IRS Commissioner’s resignation, effectively immediately. No government agency that has behaved in such a manner can possibly instill any faith and respect from the American public.”
Commissioner Douglas H. Shulman, who was appointed by President Bush in 2008 and held by President Obama, left the agency in Nov. 9, 2012. Any pre-election misconduct would have had to occur on his watch.
Ironically, there would be an IRS Commissioner but Republicans let it be known they would not act to approve an Obama nominee until the 2012 election was over and members of their own ranks had been installed.
In fact, Republicans have blocked Obama’s nominees to almost every area of government more than at any time in history.
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