Top Republicans vowed to investigate the Internal Revenue Service following an acknowledgment by an IRS official Friday that the agency specifically targeted Tea Party organizations in 2012.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R., Ky.) said the IRS’ acknowledgement was “not enough” and called on the White House to conduct a government-wide review “aimed at assuring the American people that these thuggish practices are not underway at the IRS or elsewhere in the administration against anyone, regardless of their political views.”
“Make no mistake, an apology won’t put this issue to rest,” McConnell said in a statement. “Now more than ever we need to send a clear message to the Obama administration that the First Amendment is non-negotiable, and that apologies after an election year are not a sufficient response to what we now know took place at the IRS. This kind of political thuggery has absolutely no place in our politics.”
Rep. Darrell Issa (R., Calif.), chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, said the committee will “hold responsible officials accountable for this political retaliation.”