McConnell: IRS Case Is Proof Obama Administration Is Silencing Critics ‘Across The Board’

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) on Monday joined Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) in calling for the resignation of the Internal Revenue Service commissioner after the agency admitted to inappropriately singling out conservative non-profit groups for additional reviews during the 2012 election.

Steven Miller, the current acting commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service, served as deputy commissioner under Douglas Shulman, who presided over the agency during the alleged targeting. Shulman left the agency in Nov. 9, 2012.

McConnell added that the IRS’s conduct was just one example of the Obama administration’s attempt to stifle its political enemies, naming other federal agencies who were also complicit in the effort.

“This is just getting started,” he told the National Review Online. “Finally, people get it. This is a lot bigger than just one person. This a whole effort by the administration, across the board, to squelch their opponents, to shut them up, and, finally, they’ve done it in a way that will allow us to call attention to it nationwide.”

“The whole effort by the administration to silence their enemies is going on across the board — at the FEC, the FCC, the SEC, and the HHS,” he added.

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