Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., is among the GOP lawmakers sounding the alarm about a leak of wealthy taxpayer records to ProPublica earlier this year, which he says is proof that anyone’s sensitive information can be “used to destroy them” if it advances Democrats’ political agenda.
Issa told FOX Business in a statement on Tuesday that there is no getting around the fact that the records, belonging to some of the nation’s wealthiest individuals, were “either criminally handed over by the IRS or criminally stolen from the IRS.”
“It’s proof positive that anyone can have their most private information made public and used to destroy them if it advances the agenda of Democrats or shores up the power of progressive special interests,” Issa said.
The California Republican, who is a member of the House Judiciary Committee, said the situation highlights the fact that the IRS is out of control, “failing its obligation to every American,” and in need of reform before the situation worsens.
Other lawmakers, including Sen. Joe Manchin D-W.Va., have also stressed the urgent need for the IRS to be overhauled. Read more…