I know we all have a short attention span, but surely you remember two years ago when Republicans claimed that Obama was using the IRS as a political weapon against conservative groups. That “scandal” lasted about a week, and an investigation by the IRS Inspector General turned up absolutely no evidence of any wrongdoing, and certainly no pressure from the White House to investigate conservative groups.
Personally, I feel like the GOP outrage was so strong because there are conservative groups that really had been abusing their tax exempt status. So they were just preemptively accusing any potential investigations of being political witch hunts.
But it doesn’t end there.
First, let me remind you that there is solid evidence that Richard Nixon used the IRS as a political weapon against his enemies. That’s one of the main reasons he would have been impeached if he had not resigned. This may be “old” news, but I just want to establish that this is an impeachable offense.
Which brings us to yesterday’s Republican debate. No, not the one with Trump in it. The one before that, where Governor Bobby Jindal said the following:
Planned Parenthood had better hope that Hillary Clinton wins this election, because I guarantee under President Jindal, January 2017, the Department of Justice and the IRS and everybody else that we can send from the federal government will be going in to Planned Parenthood.
That’s right, a Republican candidate for president just promised to commit an illegal and impeachable offense – using the IRS to target Planned Parenthood because he doesn’t like them – one that Republicans hypocritically accused the Obama administration of committing and which a Republican president actually did commit.
And Jindal is supposedly one of the smarter GOP candidates.