Sen. Mike Johanns says he is becoming increasingly frustrated with the Obama Administration.
Johanns says the latest development in the investigation into how the Internal Revenue Service handled tax-exempt requests by conservative political groups adds to that frustration. Johanns, a Republican, sees a growing restlessness in the country over how Democrat Barack Obama is running the federal government.
“I think people are fed up,” Johanns tells Kevin Thomas, host of Drive Time Lincoln on Nebraska Radio Network affiliate KLIN. “I think they are sick of this administration. I think they’re sick of their hiding things, trying to hide the ball on everything. I believe change is in the air.”
Johanns says he doesn’t believe the IRS explanation for losing emails sought in the investigation of how the IRS has dealt with conservative political groups. The IRS stands accused of giving extra scrutiny to requests for tax-exempt status filed by conservative political groups, especially those associated with the Tea Party. The IRS has claimed it has lost emails sent to and received by Lois Lerner, the former IRS official at the center of the controversy.
Johanns says it too hard to believe the IRS cannot find emails relevant to the investigation and that back-up hard drives which would contain copies of the emails have been recycled, making it impossible to recover the correspondence.
“I’m not buying it. I am completely and totally suspicious. From the very beginning, this looked like a cover-up,” according to Johanns.
The House Ways and Means Committee is investigating allegations, hosting hearings with the current IRS commissioner.
Johanns suggests the House should consider requesting a special prosecutor from the FBI to get involved.
“I think there’s a point at which you turn the FBI loose,” Johanns says. “You get a special prosecutor and you go after these people, because I think personally that they’re not telling the truth.”