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-- there are no allegations leveled against the IRS and targeting of conservative groups.
In a letter to the treasury inspector general congressman generalize -- writes the following it has come to be tension the committee.
That in addition to inappropriate treatment given -- some applicants for tax exempt status.
Existing organizations already recognized -- tax exempt by the IRS appeared to -- face questionable treatment.
By the agency in Oklahoma congressman James Lankford.
Chairman of the Republican policy committee member of the oversight committees are good morning -- -- our program here good morning America's news of the allegations a little different here.
Because these were groups applying for tax exempt steps.
They were groups that already have been granted that status sometime ago explain.
That's correct that's correct is actually two different things that we're asking the inspector general to investigate.
Since we have started this investigation of the Tea Party groups and a conservative groups that were held off that were not given an answered yes or no on their successors put a permanent.
RS purgatory to wait on that.
We've since learned that there are quite few other entities that face an audit that seem very very unusual to them that's of these some is a long -- like the leadership in eastern Virginia.
Have exists is non profit since 1979.
Suddenly face on audit coming up from the IRS there's also some evidence -- -- Lerner was interested in any of these Tea Party groups.
That actually did get through the system that -- be put in an automatic review of operations -- automatically -- later two years later.
They would get an audits -- the seems to be a systematic sitting here is there anything that would explain that.
-- no logic doesn't play here.
Well did the it is reasonable to say if someone comes in that you have a question about -- and Sam I'm not sure that they're really telling me the truth.
-- -- do some review but just systematically -- all of these groups let's examine.
Whether we're gonna just take all of them -- just assume all of them need review.
That's very different ideas you have a lot of questions that you have reports back from the IRS would have they told you.
We do have reports -- and incredibly it's slow in releasing documents to us occasionally when they released documents to this would be like this -- this was an email from -- -- that we got back from the chief counsel's office.
And this was the information that was included and -- Now we have multiple different documents thousands of pages that are fully redacted division will this just just this one page might have some personal information -- they're gonna reject the entire show it was a two page return in the second.
The second page was entirely blacked out.
Oh no not not just the second page many many pages came -- -- entirely blacked out -- tables that are entirely blacked out information.
That we -- no information the entire pages redacted saying this might have some personal information.
Serena redact the entire face.
That's absurd that that they're not actually getting us the documents and time.
I say again if the IRS went to a business -- -- being audited turn all your documents over the business would not have the option to be able say sorry some of that information personal.
We're not gonna turn -- over the Irish should have that either they need to turn documents over this went from we're gonna release everything we're gonna get this cleared.
And now this incredibly slow walk of documents to -- that we need to be able to do.
So why should -- a Democrat on the committee he writes the following on the screen for our viewers it is unfortunate.
That you persist this -- response to their license.
But you persist in this pattern of selectively releasing quotes instead of conducting a responsible investigation.
Focused on implementing real reforms.
I urge you to focus on obtaining the full set of facts rather than making.
Allegations to Elijah Cummings your college.
NASA Elijah Cummings is it is is asking for a full set of facts so over a week.
This is not a full set of facts and the IG investigation.
That we've ascended to -- to look at some of these groups we've been very clear -- this -- in a group has been attacked -- that we perceive is out there.
Being targeted because of their political activities on that -- went on and on this Democrat or liberal progressive doesn't matter if they're being targeted we need to look at that.
I apologize in -- -- in the inches of time here on on -- the second issue now about tax exempt groups that had that standing for years.
And then were audited by the -- -- at least once maybe twice possibly more.
Have you found that liberal groups are targeted as well.
We have not had those come back -- report to us but we're asking inspector general to look for both.
We're not asking just for conservatives rest him for all groups that retarded that we do know the Tea Party groups we have specific information saying that what if they were to get through the process.
There's a consideration systematically.
Going back and a lot of pain and auditing them that's inappropriate so we do know that.
James Lankford Republican from Oklahoma we will see where this one goes.
Thank you sir in your time today to.
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