Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) on Thursday blasted President Barack Obamaâs recent claim that there was ânot even a smidgen of corruptionâ involved in the Internal Revenue Serviceâs alleged targeting of conservative groups.
âThe president says thereâs not a âsmidgeonâ of criminality or corruption,â Gowdy said during a hearing of the House Oversight And Government Reform Committee on the IRS scandal.
âDo either of you,â he said, addressing two Tea Party leaders who appeared to testify on their experiences with the IRS, âremember seeing a witness named Lois Lerner, sitting at the very table yâall are sitting at?â
Lerner, formerly in charge of the IRSâ tax-exempt organization division, ignited the scandal in May after she apologized for the agencyâs handling of conservative groups. She later invoked the Fifth Amendment and resigned her post in September.
âDo you remember her invoking her Fifth Amendment privilege? The same privilege that she targeted some of your groups for trying to educate people about?â Gowdy asked. âSome of your groups just want to simply educate people about the Constitution â the one she availed herself of the very second she was exposed to criminal investigation.â
âSo how can the president say thereâs not a âsmidgeonâ of criminality when Lois Lerner invoked the Fifth Amendment? Forty-one witnesses havenât been interviewed, including the two who are here right now!â he added. âHow can he possibly draw that conclusion?â
Watch the South Carolina representativeâs heated take on Obamaâs assessment: