Sen. Roy Blunt said Monday that President Obama is running a “second term of excuses” and that congressional panels should continue to dig into revelations the IRS targeted conservative groups.
Mr. Blunt, Missouri Republican, suggested there is a lot more to discover about how far the tax agency went in targeting tea party and conservative political groups’ applications seeking tax-exempt status from 2010 to 2012 — and who knew about it.
“We should take our time, we should be sure we have our facts straight and see where that leads us,” he told Fox News.
He said Mr. Obama blamed his predecessor, George W. Bush, for problems he encountered during his first term. Now, he said, “apparently everything is nobody’s fault.”
He said he’d be violating his own advice if he jumped to conclusions about how far up the power chain the IRS scandal will go.
“But it’s hard for me to believe the IRS commissioner knew about this a year ago and didn’t tell anybody,” he told Fox. “It’s hard for me to believe that the White House counsel knew about this a month ago and didn’t tell the chief of staff. If that’s the case, you don’t have much of a counsel if the counsel’s not telling you something this significant.”