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IRS Response “Begins to Look A Lot Like Obstruction,” Says Camp

July 25, 2013

Washington, DC – Today, Ways and Means Committee Chairman announced that the IRS has produced less than one percent of the total documents requested in the Congressional inquiry into the IRS targeting of conservative groups.  

“The IRS demands that hardworking Americans comply with its rules and regulations subject to strict deadlines, but it appears that same agency cannot comply with a straightforward Congressional request,” said Camp.  “The IRS has not even produced one percent of responsive documents – that is inexcusable.  The IRS has pledged accountability and transparency, but the slow production and compliance in this investigation begins to look a lot like obstruction.”

To date, the IRS has identified 65 million documents potentially relevant to the IRS-Tea Party scandal.  However, the agency has only turned over 0.02 percent of those documents to congressional investigators.  Yesterday, expressing bipartisan frustration over the lack of response from the IRS, Chairman Camp and Ranking Member Levin sent a letter to IRS pressing the agency to expedite their document production.