The integrity of the IRS has been destroyed and rather than deal with the investigation the Obama administration has chosen to ignore it. While the President is off on his jobless tour IRS chief Daniel Werfel continues to stonewall the investigation. Alan Silverleib reports at CNN:
California GOP Rep. Darrell Issa, chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, warned acting IRS chief Daniel Werfel that if “the IRS continues to hinder the committee’s investigation in any manner, the committee will be forced to consider use of compulsory process.”
Issa did not elaborate on exactly what steps his panel’s Republican majority may be prepared to take, though he noted that impeding congressional investigators could result in a prison term of up to five years.
“Obstructing a congressional investigation is a crime,” Issa stressed in a letter co-signed by Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio.
“Despite your promise to cooperate fully with congressional investigations, the actions of the IRS under your leadership have made clear to the committee that the agency has no intention of complying completely or promptly with the committee’s oversight efforts,” Issa said.
“The systematic manner in which the IRS has attempted to delay, frustrate, impede, and obstruct the committee’s investigation raises serious concerns about your commitment to full and unfettered congressional oversight,” Issa wrote.