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A number of developing stories out of Washington including a report that the Obama administration is secretly seizing on a daily basis.
The phone records of over 100 million Americans -- -- more on that coming up.
And and our next segment tonight the first lawmakers held dueling hearings today on the many scandals that are plaguing the administration.
Now later in the program you'll see our comprehensive Hannity highlight reel of the attorney general Eric -- disastrous appearance before the senate Appropriations Committee.
However we began with an update on this morning's highly contentious house oversight committee hearing.
Now for several grueling hours top officials of the IRS.
Or grilled not only about the agency's enemies list but also about about their reckless use of your tax dollars now.
This was all in conjunction with the release of a scathing report by the treasury department's inspector general.
And his investigation revealed that between the years.
2010 and 2012 the tax agency spent fifty million dollars on 225.
For IRS employees now -- -- planners were.
Awarded well over six figures to.
Helpfully planning of these lavish affairs 60000 dollars was used to make videos by the -- including that infamous Star Trek spoof.
The single guest speaker was handed nearly thirty grand an artist was paid 171000.
Dollars for creating.
Drawing that was designed to help our brave civil servants quote find their creative solutions to challenges.
And the list goes on which is exactly why things got so heated today on Capitol Hill.
Today more than any other hearing.
We -- visit.
The kind of waste and the kind of failure to secure tax payers.
Hard earned money.
That I can remember in history and you cannot take.
The money and of American workers.
And waste it the higher arrests effectively was guilty of tax evasion mr.
George according to your report.
The Paris conference in Anaheim in 2010 course.
But more than four million dollars that's correct yes it is or you could have saved a million dollars by holding this conference.
baker you -- -- this guy.
This is the GSA official in the hot tub.
But -- ever seen that picture hires in that picture yes sir mr.
George you're in your report you have squirting fish.
As part of 64000.
Dollars is anyone's did you see anyone seen escorting fish did you see one at the conference no sir I -- -- -- -- We have -- we understand is -- this wag bag from the event and I'm always in these these swagger back is that it also included.
And I'm I'm kind of confused by saying this 88 plastics -- fish why would people get a plastics courting fish.
Congressman has as I mentioned I I I honestly have no idea what the plastic squirting -- was -- did you think that something was wrong here.
In the did you ever think something goes wrong here you're in charge.
This is what so infuriating.
You're in charge -- your fellow Americans are losing their jobs.
And their health insurance and their homes.
You do not spend four million dollars at a conference for which there is no accountability.
I'm in the wrong business I never got -- plastic squirting fish ever economy -- reaction former speaker of the house Newt Gingrich you ever get a plastic sporting thing I never got want.
Now I think.
That big government is reaching new levels of really absurdity and this whole and Internal Revenue Service scandal is just one more example of why bureaucratic big government doesn't work.
Is not going to be held accountable in the and that has to be.
I think very very profoundly changed and -- F 161000 new IRS agents overseeing health care.
Call me out well other than what this is why if you look at every scandal is underway right now it is it a genuine repudiation.
-- effective accountable confident bureaucratic big government -- and you see this.
In the Internal Revenue Service you see it in the environment protection agency scandal you see it at the Justice Department you see -- -- health and human services.
And I hope that the congress will continue to hold hearings in just calmly and steadily.
Bring out more and more examples.
Of how possible is to run this government effectively -- -- -- -- the one IRS official -- in part.
This is funny 88 except when you look -- the the way that they have been treating conservative Tea Party members but the guys that played Spock.
In the Star Trek spoof was asked what we think it wants us.
What we think -- were you thinking this will never be seen.
Or were you thinking how will this look when it is seen those videos were at that time they were made or attempt to.
In a well intentioned way use humor.
Star Trek -- to open the conference the fact of matter is is.
And I apologize.
What was your reaction.
Well -- this is typical of love the whole lack of accountability.
Can you imagine if you made a major mistake with the IRS you said look I wanna apologize but and -- May I say just suck -- up by saying I'm sorry five times can I go home.
They did you -- unless you know well I'm writing out a newsletter and it.
Again with Asia.
-- -- productions dot com it's gonna come out there which I just ask a simple question.
What does it mean to be illegal.
When you go through these various scandals -- told this was a legal that was illegal the next things illegal.
Nobody gets held accountable.
Nobody gets fired nobody goes to jail so what does it mean to say these things are illegal.
And I think it's just part of the decay.
Of bureaucratic big government that is across the board.
Just beginning to fall apart.
What did you make of the transcripts.
Because the narrative has been.
That the people responsible -- in Cincinnati rogue agents but the transcripts.
They said they would directed by Washington.
What did you think of that.
A guy -- I believe.
That -- the Obama administration has been.
Even more dishonest.
How about the internal revenue scandal than it has been about Ben -- and it's been almost completely dishonest about -- guys.
-- and when you learn for example that the commissioner of internal revenue visited the White House a 157.
More than the attorney general more than -- secretary of state more than any cabinet officer a 157.
You have to ask yourself what were they talking about.
More than a meeting on.
His -- Jewish judge's contempt he has for the congress was well one of them was going to the White House say Easter egg roll.
Well you know that is -- kind of contempt for the American people that should not exist and somebody -- public office.
There's a poll that came out this week that show the American people do not believe the president personally he's taken a hit.
Now if they lied more here they didn't tell the truth the main Ghazi and they didn't tell the truth and the IRS.
And Eric -- and tell the truth as a related James Rosen.
How should people interpret that.
Talk I think.
We need to fundamentally shake up the entire big government system.
I think it's much bigger than President Obama I think some of these problems go back for decades.
Back as early as 1991 there was a survey.
The Internal Revenue Service.
And a majority the IRS agents who were surveyed said they thought it was OK to lie to congress.
You know there there there's been a deep deep decay of the bureaucracy in this country it's out of control it's -- accountable nobody manages it.
Axelrod who was pres Obama's chief strategist said I thought.
Very clearly -- and I think that in a TV interview recently that government is now so big the president doesn't know what's going on well then who's in charge.
I think governments that big namely -- shrink the government pretty dramatically.
-- -- -- come back and perhaps what is might end up being even a bigger scandal.
We'll have speaker Gingrich weigh in on that right after the break as we talk next about the.
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