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Congressman Connolly Questions Honesty Of Inspector General On IRS Scandal

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Rep. Gerry Connolly is questioning reports from the inspector general on whether conservative groups were targeted selectively.
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Rep. Gerry Connolly is questioning reports from the inspector general on whether conservative groups were targeted selectively.

Congressman Gerry Connolly (D-Va.) says he may have been misled by the Treasury Inspector General about targeting of progressive groups by the IRS.

At a May 22 hearing on the IRS targeting scandal, Congressman Connolly questioned Inspector General J. Russell George on whether progressive groups were targeted as well as Tea Party groups. When pressed, George said they  were unable to make that determination. But new revelations that the IRS targeted progressive as well as conservative groups has Connolly wondering if he was mislead by George under oath.

"This is serious business. It puts a whole different cast on the so-called scandal at the IRS that certain key Republicans made it out to be," Connolly says. "And now that turns out to be an utterly and completely false narrative."

Connolly says it's time for George to come back and testify before the House Oversight Committee so he can set the record straight.

"He needs to clear his name," Connolly says. "It is not okay under oath to mislead Congress or to lie to it."

The inspector general says that while progressive groups were targeted by the IRS, they weren't targeted to the extent Tea Party and conservative groups were.

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