House GOPer: IRS was using White House "enemies list"

Kentucky Rep. Hal Rogers is the latest Republican to compare the IRS controversy to Watergate

By Jillian Rayfield

Published June 4, 2013 1:26PM (EDT)

Rep. Hal Rogers, R-Ky., the chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, joined the grand tradition of Republicans comparing everything to Watergate, invoking Nixon's "enemies list" when discussing the IRS targeting controversy.

“Of course, the enemies list out of the White House that IRS was engaged in shutting down or trying to shut down the conservative political viewpoint across the country — an enemies list that rivals that of another president some time ago," he said on Fox News on Monday, shortly before a House hearing with IRS officials, the Washington Post reports.

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