Crapo to Treasury official: IRS prosecutor, judge, jury, executioner

Sen. Mike Crapo, R-Idaho, told Treasury Inspector General J. Russell George Tuesday that Americans understand that the IRS can act as prosecutor, judge, jury and executioner “in ways that can devastate individuals and families and businesses.”

Crapo’s office released a video clip from Tuesday’s Senate Finance Committee meeting where he pressed George about the IRS targeting tea party and patriot groups for additional scrutiny in their applications for tax-exempt status.

“How could an agency with the power that the IRS has engage in this kind of conduct and it not be politically motivated?” Crapo asked. “The American supposed to believe the notion to target these individuals just coalesced and came together?”

Replied George:”(T)he matter is not over, as we are concerned.”


Dan Popkey came to Idaho in 1984 to work as a police reporter. Since 1987, he has covered politics and has reported on 25 sessions of the Legislature. Dan has a bachelor's in political science from Santa Clara University and a master's in journalism from Columbia University. He was a Congressional Fellow of the American Political Science Association and a Journalism Fellow at the University of Michigan. A former page in the U.S. House of Representatives, he graduated Capitol Page High School in 1976. In 2007, he led the Statesman’s coverage of the Sen. Larry Craig sex scandal, which was one of three Pulitzer Prize finalists in breaking news. In 2003, he won the Ted M. Natt First Amendment award from the Pacific Northwest Newspaper Association for coverage of University Place, the University of Idaho’s troubled real estate development in Boise. Dan helped start the community reading project "Big Read." He has two children in college and lives on the Boise Bench with an old gray cat.

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