Ex-IRS Commissioner Grilled on Scandal, Knowledge of the Constitution

Doug Shulman

Doug Shulman, former commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service, had a really tough Wednesday. During the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing on the IRS’s targeting of Tea Party and conservative groups, Shulman was asked very specific questions by members about the scandal and why he didn’t deal with it sooner.

Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) went after Shulman on several aspects of the scandal, and didn’t let him get away with deflection and empty answers:

Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) also went after Shulman on whether or not he was being honest with the committee about his knowledge of the scandal and if he ever conversed with the White House on the matter:

Rep. Kerry Bentivolio (R-MI) asked Shulman about his knowledge of the Constitution, given that the IRS ┬átargeted these groups that focused on America’s founding document, to which the former agency commissioner replied, “I can’t recite the Constitution, sir”:

Shulman’s answers were, for the most part, less than forthcoming. It appeared at times that he still questioned that the IRS was targeting these groups because of their political beliefs — a fact which is beyond dispute. This is why there was so much indignation toward him from members of the committee. When you’re brought to answer questions in a legitimate inquiry on wrong-doing by a very powerful agency, you had better be more transparent.

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