Bob Woodward thinks 'There's obviously something there' in IRS scandal

Bob Woodward is a lot of things - not all of them good. But when the veteran investigative reporter says that "there's obviosuly something there' in the IRS scandal, perhaps the rest of the media could take a hint and start looking into the caper seriously.

National Review:

​The Washington Post’s Bob Woodward knows a thing or two about investigating Washington scandals, and he believes the Internal Revenue Service’s targeting of conservative groups merits a deeper look.

“We should dig in to it — there should be answers,” he said on Fox News Sunday. “For the president to take that position is very, very unusual and say there’s not a ’smidgen of evidence here.’”

Woodward raised questions about the Republican House committees’ ability to properly and effectively carry out such an investigation. He laid out what his approach would be to dealing with stonewalling from Lois Lerner, as well as the administration, including speaking with others close to the situation rather than just the major players. But Woodward also warned of congressional Republicans’ crossing the line in their accusations of Lerner and others involved.

“There’s obviously something here,” he explained. “The question is, does this committee know how to investigate.”

I think Rep. Issa's committee knows how to investigate. The problem has been 1) getting complete and accurate information from the White House and the IRS; and 2) trying to balance exploiting the scandal politically against doing the hard digging necessary to get to the bottom of things. By releasing evidence to convince the American people there's something to the scandal, the committee may be alerting potential witnesses to cover their tracks and conceal the facts.

Fewer press conferences. more investigation.

Bob Woodward is a lot of things - not all of them good. But when the veteran investigative reporter says that "there's obviosuly something there' in the IRS scandal, perhaps the rest of the media could take a hint and start looking into the caper seriously.

National Review:

​The Washington Post’s Bob Woodward knows a thing or two about investigating Washington scandals, and he believes the Internal Revenue Service’s targeting of conservative groups merits a deeper look.

“We should dig in to it — there should be answers,” he said on Fox News Sunday. “For the president to take that position is very, very unusual and say there’s not a ’smidgen of evidence here.’”

Woodward raised questions about the Republican House committees’ ability to properly and effectively carry out such an investigation. He laid out what his approach would be to dealing with stonewalling from Lois Lerner, as well as the administration, including speaking with others close to the situation rather than just the major players. But Woodward also warned of congressional Republicans’ crossing the line in their accusations of Lerner and others involved.

“There’s obviously something here,” he explained. “The question is, does this committee know how to investigate.”

I think Rep. Issa's committee knows how to investigate. The problem has been 1) getting complete and accurate information from the White House and the IRS; and 2) trying to balance exploiting the scandal politically against doing the hard digging necessary to get to the bottom of things. By releasing evidence to convince the American people there's something to the scandal, the committee may be alerting potential witnesses to cover their tracks and conceal the facts.

Fewer press conferences. more investigation.

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