Senator Rand Paul knows in his gut that there’s an IRS memo out there which will prove that the organization has been targeting President Obama’s political enemies. Though he’s never laid eyes on such a thing, the Kentucky Republican just knows it’s out there.
Paul claimed Sunday that there exists a “written policy” that will prove that the IRS has been “targeting people who were opposed to the president.”
“And when that comes forward, we need to know who wrote the policy and who approved the policy,” Paul said on CNN‘s “State of the Union.”
He was pressed for more details, including how he knows such a thing exists, but he backed off vaguely.
“Well, we keep hearing the reports and we have several specifically worded items saying who was being targeted. In fact, one of the bullet points says those who are critical of the president. So I don’t know if that comes from a policy, but that’s what’s being reported in the press and reported orally,” he said.
“I haven’t seen a policy statement, but I think we need to see that.”
Rand Paul’s “IRS memo” follows with the Republican narrative on the apparent scandal that broke last week, alleging that the tax organization made it difficult for conservative groups to obtain tax-exempt status over the past several years.
The depth of the scandal isn’t yet known, but many Republicans are attempting to draw a direct link between the IRS targeting conservative groups and a “culture of intimidation” within Washington. They suggest that the IRS was either instructed by, or independently working on behalf of, the Obama administration to silence his critics and political opponents.
The IRS did admit to targeting groups associated with the Tea Party or using the word “Patriot” in their title. Two IRS officials are resigning while more are expected to appear for congressional hearings this week.
What do you think? Does Rand Paul’s “IRS memo” exist?
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