A political activist says congressional investigators may be closer to uncovering the source of the IRS scandal that targeted conservative groups.
Representatives Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) and Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) are accusing the FBI of stonewalling the investigation of alleged political abuses by the Internal Revenue Service. The duo has invited high-ranking IRS chief counsel William Wilkins to return to Capitol Hill to "amend" testimony he gave in early November. It have been reported that Wilkins said "I don't recall" some 85 times during his questioning.
Gary Bauer, president of American Values, says it's not the first time legislators have heard that excuse. "One of the things that scoundrels will often do when pressed to give information in an investigation that might be embarrassing to them or to political allies is to simply repeatedly say I don't recall, or I don't remember, or I have no recollection of that," he offers.
The former GOP presidential candidate says there are only a few conclusions one might reach.
"Either the attorney for the IRS is completely incompetent and shouldn't be in his job," he surmises, "or he's using a 'bad memory' as an excuse to prevent answering questions that may in fact lead to criminal charges or further evidence of fraud at the IRS."
Bauer finds irony in the fact that Wilkins – who is one of only two Obama appointees at the IRS – represented Rev. Jeremiah Wright during an IRS investigation several years ago. Wright is the controversial former pastor to President Barack Obama who often made racist and inflammatory remarks.