“If you think it’s uncomfortable sitting over there,” Rep. Mike Kelly (R-PA) told hapless Acting IRS Commissioner Steven Miller at the House Ways and Means hearing today, “you ought to be a private individual when the IRS is questioning you.”
Kelly was just getting warmed up. A few moments later, he was comparing the IRS to the monster under a child’s bed. When he was done, he received a thunderous standing ovation, which he later said he was “humbled to receive” on Twitter.
Among other things, Kelly says he doubts Barack Obama’s story about learning of the scandal from TV news reports on Friday afternoon. He wondered why Miller didn’t seem to be outraged at the “huge blow to the faith and trust the American people have in their government” dealt by the IRS scandal. He said he was more concerned after today’s hearings than he was before. And he memorably noted that the IRS does not accept the kind of excuses that it’s currently foisting on Congress and the American people.
To give you an idea of what Rep. Kelly and the rest of the Republicans trying to deal with this situation are up against – the Democrats won’t be much help, and frankly America will be lucky if they’re not an active obstacle to the investigation – here’s the moment from today’s hearings that went right into the history books, as Miller incredibly tried to dismiss the outrageous abuse of IRS power as “horrible customer service.”
Rep. Kelly has also joined with Rep. Jim Renacci (R-OH) to reopen the investigation of General Motors dealership closures. It has long been suspected that politics figured into the decision about which dealerships would be closed, as those owned by known conservatives were treated much the same way as Tea Party groups looking for tax exemptions from the corrupt IRS. In fact, this was one of the reasons Kelly ran for Congress – the dealership founded by his father was one of those slated for closure.
“We are troubled by the recent reports from the Treasury Department indicating that the Internal Revenue Service targeted groups for excessive scrutiny on the basis of their political affiliation,” Kelly and Renacci wrote to Treasury Secretary Jack Lew on Thursday. “This news raises serious questions about past decisions made by the Department regarding auto dealership closures that occurred in 2008 and 2009.”
The congressmen asked Lew to provide “all e-mails, phone records, notes, memoranda, reports, and other communications regarding the decision-making process for dealership closures from the Automotive Task Force.” They also want the names of all officials involved in the decision-making process, the data they used, and records of the meetings they held.
Here’s a little bonus Kelly from yesterday, as he tees off on ObamaCare and the way it “drives a wedge between business owners and their employees.”