The chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee on Friday said the IRS scandal shows a â€œculture of cover-upsâ€ and â€œpolitical intimidationâ€ within the Obama administration.
Rep. Dave Camp, Michigan Republican, while speaking at a hearing his panel held regarding the IRSâ€™s improper targeting of tea party and other conservative groups applying for tax-exempt status, suggested the White House hid the scandal until after the 2012 elections.
â€œThis appears to be just the latest example of a culture of cover-ups and political intimidation in this administration,â€ said Mr. Camp at the nearly four-hour hearing, the first of several that will take place on Capitol Hill on the matter.
Mr. Camp said the IRS scandal shows the tax-collecting agency has become too large and powerful and called for widespread reforms within he agency.
â€œThis systematic abuse cannot be fixed with just one resignation or two,â€ he said. â€œAnd as much as I expect more people need to go, the reality is this is not a personnel problem.â€
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