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The 'fake' IRS scandal

Any suggestion of a 'weaponized' Obama IRS is a classic 'fake news' example

In regard to "The Trump tax brouhaha" (Jan. 7), I must take exception to a statement made by letter writer Charlene Cowan of the Baltimore City Republican Central Committee. She states: "… readers should know that the Obama administration effectively weaponized the IRS for use against groups with opposing political ideologies."

To the contrary, there is no evidence, despite numerous congressional hearings by House Republicans, that the Obama administration was involved in an "IRS scandal." The facts are that the IRS, on its own, mishandled applications for tax exemption from political groups that should have been denied exempt status. What Ms. Cowan is stating is what we now call "fake news."

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Paul Streckfus, Pasadena

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