Monday 19 March 2018

Ghost of Nixon as Tea Party taxman probe comes back to haunt Obama

Robert Schmuhl

WHEN Barack Obama arrives in Belfast next month prior to the G8 summit in Fermanagh, it's likely he'll still be nursing serious presidential wounds he's suffered during the past few days in Washington.

Late last week, two revelations prompted more than elevated eyebrows and head-scratching among Americans.

It was learnt that since 2011 the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) targeted conservative political groups, especially Tea Party organisations, for scrutiny about their tax status. If that weren't enough, it also came out that the White House knew more about the deadly attack on the US compound in Benghazi, Libya last September – and tried to tell a different story.

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