Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) on Thursday blasted President Barack Obama‚Äôs recent claim that there was ‚Äúnot even a smidgen of corruption‚ÄĚ involved in the Internal Revenue Service‚Äôs alleged targeting of conservative groups.
‚ÄúThe president says there‚Äôs not a ‚Äėsmidgeon‚Äô of criminality or corruption,‚ÄĚ Gowdy said during a hearing of the House Oversight And Government Reform Committee on the IRS scandal.
‚ÄúDo either of you,‚ÄĚ he said, addressing two Tea Party leaders who appeared to testify on their experiences with the IRS, ‚Äúremember seeing a witness named Lois Lerner, sitting at the very table y‚Äôall are sitting at?‚ÄĚ
Lerner, formerly in charge of the IRS‚Äô tax-exempt organization division, ignited the scandal in May after she apologized for the agency‚Äôs handling of conservative groups. She later invoked the Fifth Amendment and resigned her post in September.
‚ÄúDo you remember her invoking her Fifth Amendment privilege? The same privilege that she targeted some of your groups for trying to educate people about?‚ÄĚ Gowdy asked. ‚ÄúSome of your groups just want to simply educate people about the Constitution ‚ÄĒ the one she availed herself of the very second she was exposed to criminal investigation.‚ÄĚ
‚ÄúSo how can the president say there‚Äôs not a ‚Äėsmidgeon‚Äô of criminality when Lois Lerner invoked the Fifth Amendment? Forty-one witnesses haven‚Äôt been interviewed, including the two who are here right now!‚ÄĚ he added. ‚ÄúHow can he possibly draw that conclusion?‚ÄĚ
Watch the South Carolina representative‚Äôs heated take on Obama‚Äôs assessment: