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21/03/2003 | Chairman Grassley Questions IRS Audit Of Judicial Watch

Martin Edwin Andersen

Senate Finance Committee Chairman Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) has demanded answers from the IRS concerning the handling of an audit of Judicial Watch, the nonprofit advocacy group headed by bipartisan gadfly Larry Klayman. In his request for information, Grassley asked that acting IRS Commissioner Bob Wenzel include related "communications to and from IRS and third-party government and nongovernmental agencies, offices or personnel, including the White House."

 

As chairman of the Senate committee that oversees the IRS, Grassley wrote in a letter to Wenzel that he was not rendering judgment or seeking to intervene in an ongoing case. Grassley pointed out that even former IRS commissioner Donald Alexander has stated that the revenuers are being heavy-handed concerning Judicial Watch. "If credible allegations of IRS mistreatment of taxpayers or nonprofit groups come to my attention," the Iowa Republican notes, "I'm obligated to investigate those allegations."

All the more so, the watchers observes, when the target of the alleged mistreatment is someone such as Klayman. Once the bane of the Clinton White House for his single-minded advocacy of good government, Klayman frequently has clashed with the Bush White House as well to support whistle-blowers, free-speech rights and transparent government. In doing so, he has, like Grassley himself, won wide respect on both sides of the aisle.

Martin Edwin Andersen is a reporter for Insight. Readers can reach him with tips on governmental waste, fraud and abuse of power at InsightWatchers@AOL.com.

Insight Magazine (Estados Unidos)

 


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