The Republican National Committee is taking on the IRS for targeting conservative groups in a new video that patches together stylized footage of the streets of Washington with snippets of testimony from past and current agency officials.
The clip, first reported by CNN, opens with a series of witnesses from tea party and conservative groups who told Congress the IRS went too far in the type of information they requested during the period of extra scrutiny from 2010 to 2012.
Shifting from a dramatic, string-driven soundtrack to soft piano music, the video highlights the vague or evasive answers that IRS officials provided to Congress in the days after a report by the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration detailed the targeting.
“I do not accept responsibility,” former IRS Commissioner Douglas Shulman says in one quick clip.
“Simple questions, that have yet to be answered,” the video’s makers say with white letters on a black background.
The GOP-issued video shows the committee is still focused on the series of scandals that hit the Obama administration in recent weeks, even as the news cycle has shifted to recently disclosed intelligence-gathering programs and the man who leaked information about them.