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Rep. Jim McDermott: Republicans looking for a conspiracy where there isn't one


During a hearing today featuring conservatives who were targeted by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), Rep. Jim McDermott (D-Wash.) asked what was more likely: Mid-level employees acting stupidly or an grand plot by the Obama Administration to target conservative groups? He accused those in the hearings, along with Republicans in the Oversight Committee, as creating a "circus" that's "simply political theater."

"The Republicans are looking for a conspiracy where there isn't one. Mr. Issa says he can 'feel it in his gut that someone's broken the law.' Just ask yourself which is more likely: That mid-level employees overwhelmed by four times as many applications as before made stupid, irresponsible short cuts, or there's an administration wide plot to take down community organizers," said McDermott.

McDermott then tells the conservatives who were targeted that the hearing underway is nothing more than a "circus" and "political theater," along with what's happening with Republicans in the Oversight Committee.

"Let's not forget this happened under and IRS Commissioner appointed by George Bush, and was investigated by a Republican Inspector General. What happened to you was unfair-- and incredibly inconvenient-- but it was a mistake. Our job is to make sure it never happens again. I haven't heard a single word here about what questions you think we ought to be able to ask you about your tax exempt request. Anything else, like the circus that's happening in the Oversight Committee or here, is simply political theater."