Here at RedState, we’ve already spilled a lot of digital ink covering the IRS scandal. Now, we’ve got more fuel for the fire. The newly minted Republican Senate appears to be getting at least one thing right. The Republicans on the Senate Finance Committee, led by [mc_name name=’Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT)’ chamber=’senate’ mcid=’H000338′ ] (R-UT), have sent a letter to the White House demanding all communications the President and his aides have had with the IRS since 2010. From the Washington Times:
Senate Republicans on Thursday asked President Obama to turn over all communications he and his aides have had with the IRS since 2010, hoping to find out whether the tax collection agency shared private taxpayer information with political operatives at the White House.
The request, made in a letter obtained by The Washington Times, is signed by Senate Finance Chairman Orrin G. Hatch and all 13 other Republicans on the committee, and is addressed specifically to Mr. Obama, saying they want to see if his employees broke the law by acquiring or sharing private information.
“We have an obligation to conduct oversight of the federal government’s administration of our tax laws,” the lawmakers wrote. “As part of this oversight, we are seeking to determine the degree to and manner in which the Internal Revenue Service shares taxpayer information with the Executive Office of the President.”
The Republicans said they tried to get the information from the IRS, but it has been “unable to provide a full accounting of its employees’ communications with the White House.” The GOP senators gave the president a Feb. 20 deadline.
We can probably expect this request to go over about as well as the last few attempts to investigate the IRS have gone, which is to say that there will be plenty of denial and stonewalling. Still, it’s important to get to the bottom of this scandal. We cannot allow the IRS to be used for political purposes, and this administration has show that it is more than willing to test the limits of executive power when given the chance. Let’s hope the Senate stays on this, and make sure your Senator knows he or she needs to be supporting the Finance Committee Republicans in this quest.