In the case of the IRS targeting Republicans, a cover-up is the first topic investigated by all journalists in hopes of a good story. The White House claims they couldn't intervene, since they were not made aware of the scandal until it had passed. Republicans have always pushed for fewer taxes. The move to target republican names for tax exempt status, while a bold one, was claimed to derive from mismanagement rather than criminal behavior.
A cover-up's highest cost is reputation. The IRS may not be concerned with how favorable they appear in the eye of the public, however the case reflects poorly upon the administration and President Obama. A man in his position could definitely see the savings of calling for the inspector general's resignation. Republican Speaker of the House, John Boehner, wants to see jail time as opposed to resignations. (Dixon, 2013) President Obama's efforts in working with the republican house may have been made more difficult with news of the IRS targeting.
As for the clean-up, IRS official Lois Lerner has pleaded the 5th. While Stating that her lawyer had advised against her answering questions that may be self-incriminating, she did take the time to read a statement declaring her innocence. (Cohen, 2013) Perhaps her entire appearance should be stricken from the record, but kudos to her for concealing a matter while leaving in the mind of the jurors the statement of innocence.
A brighter tomorrow is not always a greener one. Once this scandal is behind us, there may be less green in the IRS environment, as an increase of tax exempt status for the republicans' means less tax dollars collected.
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