CINCINNATI (AP) — A Republican senator and a congressman from Ohio said Wednesday night that the key question about the Internal Revenue Service’s targeting of conservative groups seeking tax-exempt status is who in the Obama administration was involved.
Sen. Rob Portman and Rep. Steve Chabot spoke to a hundreds-strong gathering of tea party activists in near Cincinnati, which has been a focus, or “ground zero,” as one tea party leader called it, of the IRS probe following disclosures that agency employees there subjected conservative groups for additional, often burdensome scrutiny when they applied for tax-exempt status.
“The question is, ‘How high up did it go?'” Chabot said, adding: “And what’s going to be done about it?”
The Obama administration has said no senior officials were involved in targeting.
Chabot said investigations are still unfolding, and it’s important to follow the facts and not to overreach in drawing conclusions. Portman linked…
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