Issa warns IRS Commish Werfel: ‘Obstructing a Congressional investigation is a crime’

Issa warns IRS Commish Werfel: ‘Obstructing a Congressional investigation is a crime’

On Tuesday, Darrell Issa, the Chairman of the Oversight and Reform Committee and Subcommittee Chairman Jim Jordan sent a strongly worded  letter to acting IRS commissioner Daniel Werfel, threatening to compel the slow-to-respond IRS to cooperate with their congressional inquiry.

They excoriated Werfel for the “systematic manner in which the IRS has attempted to delay, frustrate, impede, and obstruct the Committee’s investigation” and said “if the IRS continues to hinder the committee’s investigation in any manner, the committee will be forced to consider use of compulsory process.”

“Despite your promise to cooperate fully with congressional investigations, the actions of the IRS under your leadership have made clear to the Committee that the agency has no intention of complying completely or promptly with the Committee’s oversight efforts,” the chairmen write.

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