By Michael A. Memoli
May 15, 2013, 9:15 a.m.
WASHINGTON — Republican congressional leaders, faced with an array of crises threatening to overwhelm the White House, appear to have singled out the targeting of conservative political groups by the IRS as the most fertile — and politically advantageous — to focus on.
House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) escalated the rhetoric Wednesday, telling reporters that his question “isn’t about who’s going to resign” over the controversy. “My question is, who’s going to jail?”
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) questioned an inspector general’s report that said the problems stemmed from a poorly managed unit of the tax collecting agency in Cincinnati.
“It seems like, with each passing hour, the facts get more and more inconvenient for senior folks over at the IRS,” McConnell said. “All we’ve gotten from the IRS … is an attempt to scapegoat some folks out in Cincinnati and a laughable attempt to move past this whole issue.”
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