Dem Says ‘No Smoking Gun Except For a Cap Gun’ In IRS Hearings

By Eric Scheiner | March 5, 2014 | 2:41 PM EST

Rep. Joe Crowley (D-N.Y.) (AP Photo)

Rep. Joe Crowley (D-N.Y.), vice chair of the House Democratic Caucus, says “there’s no smoking gun except for a cap gun” in the congressional investigation into the IRS' targeting of American citizens for their political beliefs.

“There’s no there, there,” Crowley said during a press conference Wednesday. “There’s no smoking gun except for a cap gun and you know, makes a lot of smoke but that’s about it.”

“This is all charades and a game. If there were an issue of corruption, Mr. Issa was informed of it prior to the 2012 elections of this investigation. And if Mr. Issa, ‘the investigative king of America’, didn’t choose to investigate it back then when the president was on the hook for an election - but all of a sudden now they find it? It just doesn’t smell right,” Crowley continued.

“It’s all about gimmickry, a circus, and it’s not about finding the truth,” he added.

Lois Lerner, former director of IRS exempt organizations, invoked her Fifth Amendment rights before the House Oversight Committee for a second time Wednesday, refusing to answer questions on the IRS targeting of Tea Party groups.

Lerner had previously invoked her Fifth Amendment rights during a May 22, 2013 hearing investigating the same issue.

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