Rep. Darrell Issa asked the Inspector General’s office to investigate the IRS last spring, and knew since July what was in the report.
“I know approximately what’s in it,” Issa told Bloomberg Businessweek on Monday when asked if he knew what would be in the report. “I knew what was approximately in it when we made the allegations about a year ago. This is one of those things where it’s been, in a sense, an open secret, but you don’t accuse the IRS until you’ve had a nonpartisan, deep look. That’s what the IG has done. That’s why the IGs in fact exist within government, is to find this kind of waste and fraud and abuse of power.”
Issa, according to an aide, asked the IG for an investigation last spring, after hearing allegations of selective targeting of conservative groups. The IG told him in a letter this summer that he was looking into it.
Frederick Hill, an Oversight Committee spokesperson says:
The Oversight Committee knew about the audit because it requested it. We released (or re-re-released) this letter a week ago.
It does not explain why Obama Administration officials knew about serious allegations of wrongdoing within the Treasury Department but failed to ask questions and take immediate action.