Countless Republicans and mainstream media pundits, left, right, and center were absolutely convinced that the IRS Tea Party Scandal was legitimate. Even as House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA) was told by his own witnesses that there was no political motivation behind the scrutiny of tea party groups applying for tax exempt status.
International Business Times:
Democrats have argued for months that the so-called scandal at the Internal Revenue Service is not in fact a scandal because the tax agency did not only single out conservative groups for extra scrutiny — progressive groups were targeted, too. And on Tuesday, Democrats on the House Ways and Means Committee produced yet more documents to prove their point.
Over the last couple months, Republicans have released documents to prove the IRS targeted conservatives while House Democrats have countered with their own documents proving both sides of the aisle were singled out. Though House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., has acknowledged this fact, he and his fellow Republicans have continued to see political motivations buried in the IRS mismanagement.