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Editorial: Jordan right to investigate IRS targeting of conservative groups

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It's tax season. That means most of us will be corresponding with the Internal Revenue Service. Onerous as taxes are, Americans ought to be able to trust that if we act lawfully, the IRS will also abide by the law. Now we can't be sure.

Ohio's own Congressman Jim Jordan, who is a Republican member of the House Oversight and Government Affairs Committee, called on Congress to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate the IRS for targeting conservative nonprofit organizations seeking tax-exempt status. Ex-IRS official Lois Lerner refuses to answer committee questions, asserting her 5th Amendment right against self-incrimination. Jordan's oversight committee is not quitting and continues to move toward holding Lerner in contempt of Congress to compel her to testify.

Although our divisive political culture wants to make this a liberal or a conservative issue, I think the issue is fundamentally, fairness.

Being called before the IRS to answer questions is one of those things you hope never happens. If it does, you at least hope the American sense of fairness will prevail. Yet when IRS officials refuse to be forthcoming with a Congressional Committee, you have to wonder.

We expect answers. We expect fairness.

I applaud Congressman Jordan for bulldogging this matter.

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