South Dakota US Senator John Thune is asking the IRS to not implement any ObamaCare decisions if the head of the IRS ObamaCare division is being investigated as part of the organization's scrutiny scandal.
Thune sent the letter Tuesday asking Attorney General Eric Holder and US Treasury Secretary Jack Lew whether Sarah Hall Ingram is being investigated as part of the scrutiny scandal the IRS is currently facing. Hall Ingram was the former commissioner of the office responsible for tax-exempt organizations between 2009-2012 and current head of the IRS ObamaCare division.
Thune has sent a letter to the Attorney General asking if Hall Ingram is under investigation for the IRS scrutiny scandal.
"Given Ms. Hall Ingram's position as commissioner of the IRS Tax Exempt and Government Entities Division when the targeting of certain groups began, please confirm whether Ms. Hall Ingram is a subject of the Department of Justice's investigation into whether IRS employees broke criminal laws by singling out conservative groups for special review and inappropriate questions," Thune wrote in his letter to the Attorney General.
Furthermore, Thune asked if Hall Ingram is being investigated, the IRS should refrain from issuing any regulations.
"I just think that having the same person responsible for implementing ObamaCare being the same person who is responsible for what we're undergoing and looking at right now, in terms of this IRS scandal, would be a big mistake," Thune said during a satellite media conference Wednesday. "Anything that she's done to date ought to be stalled, delayed and discredited until this issue gets resolved."
Thune drilled Treasury Department officials Tuesday on the IRS scrutiny scandal. He said he went into the hearing trying to figure out who knew what about the scandal and when they knew it.
Thune said there were two takeaways from the hearing. He said even though some higher-up officials are claiming ignorance it is clear someone knew what was going on. The second thing Thune said came from the hearings was that they will need more hearings to determine what happened and if there needs to be any consequences.
"You all can get up here and say there wasn't political targeting but it doesn't purport with the facts. Maybe it wasn't you but somebody was. I think one of the purposes of this hearing is to find out who was targeting conservative groups," Thune said in Tuesday's hearing.
Sen. Tim Johnson addressed the scandal in his conference call with media Wednesday. He said he agrees with the Treasury department in that "there is no place for politics at the IRS."
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