'They've blown off the subpoenas': Republicans prepare brickbats for Obama administration with new IRS corruption hearing
The IRS commissioner will be clled on the carpet this week for a Wednesday hearing about the tea-party targeting scandal
The tax agency played political favorites for more than three years, slow-walking tax-exempt applications from conservative nonprofits
The right-wingers got dozens of intrusive questions from the IRS that liberal groups didn't have to answer
Lois Lerner, the official thought to be at the top of the scheme, has refused to testify before Congress
The House Oversight Committee says the Obama administration has ignored document subpoenas, and committee Republicans want answers
By David Martosko, U.s. Political Editor
PUBLISHED: 18:00 EST, 24 March 2014 | UPDATED: 18:28 EST, 24 March 2014
Congressional Republicans, led by House Oversight Committee chair Darrell Issa,are planning another IRS coal-raking exercise for Wednesday, hauling the tax agency's commissioner in for a hearing about the nearly year-old tea party targeting scandal.
Committee staff say the U.S. Department of Justice and the rest of the Obama administration haven't shown them any sign that they're investigating corruption in the awarding of income tax exemptions to nonprofit groups.
An aide to one Republican committee member said Monday that the White House and the Treasury Department were already dangerously close to causing a constitutional crisis.
'They've blown off the subpoenas,' the aide said, referring to legal demands the committee issued to the IRS on August 2 and February 14. 'If the DOJ keeps dragging its heels too, and can just get away with it, why do we have an oversight committee in the first place? It's like the White House has never heard of the separation of powers.'