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"You see over and over again where they waited on instructions from Washington, D.C."
Congressman Mark Meadows (R-NC), a member of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, appeared on "Real News From TheBlaze" Monday night to comment on some of the latest revelations surrounding the IRS intimidation scandal, and said the idea that the intimidation was the work of rogue, low-level agents "won't hold water."
When the story broke several weeks ago, IRS officials were quick to say the corruption was limited to low-level employees in Cincinnati. But workers in the Cincinnati office recently testified before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform that it would be "impossible" for a handful of rogue agents to wield so much power.
"As an agent we are controlled by many, many people," one unnamed agent in that office said. "We have to submit many, many reports. So the chance of two agents being rogue and doing things like that could never happen… They were basically throwing us underneath the bus.”
Meadows added that the storyline that the corruption is limited to low-level employees "won't hold water."
"If you look at the [inspector general's] report, you see over and over again where they waited on instructions from Washington, D.C. And so to suggest that it was just an issue in Cincinnati is not only not accurate, but it is very misleading because the [inspector general] has already pointed out that over and over again -- sometimes they waited for as much as 13 months to get instructions from Washington, D.C. So it won't hold water, no."
That's not to say that President Obama or his senior advisers were aware, Meadows said, adding that "we don't want to speculate on who knew what."
"[But] I can tell you, the staff on our Oversight and Government Reform committee are doing a phenomenal job," he said, adding that they will get to the truth.
Watch the entire interview with "Real News From TheBlaze," below:
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