Well, this was fun.
After a tense exchange with Acting IRS Commissioner Danny Werfel Friday, House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa sent a subpoena to the Treasury Department Friday demanding more documents and accusing the agency’s chief counsel’s office of being “compromised.”
Issa, R-Calif., accused the Internal Revenue Service of dragging its feet in responding to the committee’s demand for documents related to IRS targeting of conservative groups — a charge Werfel denied.
During an Oversight subcommittee hearing, an agitated Issa said the IRS is “slow-rolling us.”
“That’s not true,” Werfel countered.
But Issa persisted, saying he would go over Werfel’s head and ask his boss, Treasury Secretary Jack Lew, to respond to his requests.
“I’ve asked you for information; you’re not forthcoming,” Issa told Werfel. “The office of chief counsel, a politically appointed office, has been compromised.”
“Our expectation is that Treasury Department will take over the delivery of documents in a timely fashion,” Issa said. He insisted that Werfel remove the IRS counsel’s office from any “decision making” related to the inquiry. The IRS is an agency within the Treasury Department.
Issa went off on this puke. It’s magnificent.