Reid: Republicans hypocritical for Benghazi, IRS outrage

"Where was their outrage when groups on the other side of the political spectrum were under attack?" he said


Jillian Rayfield
May 15, 2013 12:02AM (UTC)

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid chastised Republicans for their outrage over the scandal surrounding the IRS's targeting of conservative groups, arguing that in the past when the agency targeted groups of a different ideological persuasion, Republicans said nothing.

"This is not the first time we've seen this," Reid told reporters, according to the Huffington Post. "It wasn't long ago that the IRS inappropriately targeted the NAACP, Greenpeace and a California church that was progressive, called the All-Saints Church in Pasadena. It was interesting at that time, we didn't hear a single Republican grandstand the issue then. Where was their outrage when groups on the other side of the political spectrum were under attack?"

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Reid emphasized that he believes the IRS's behavior was "inappropriate," adding: "I believed it then, I believe it now."

He continued that accusations about a Benghazi coverup by the Obama administration are "about smear politics and nothing else." Reid added: "Earlier this year, they didn't say a word when Republicans held up for months and months security funding of our embassies."


Jillian Rayfield

Jillian Rayfield is an Assistant News Editor for Salon, focusing on politics. Follow her on Twitter at @jillrayfield or email her at jrayfield@salon.com.

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