In the News: Politifact: Is IRS Obama’s Watergate?

By Katie Sanders

“I didn’t see him saying that at all,” said David Keating, president of the conservative-leaning Center for Competitive Politics. “All I got out of it was there is no investigation on this.” (By that, he said he means no serious, visible effort to get to the bottom of things on the part of the administration.)

“It’s not really a fact to be judged true or false whether this is as big as Watergate or not,” said Ilya Shapiro, Cato Institute senior fellow in constitutional studies.

The larger point is there remain many unanswered questions about the scandal, Shapiro said. Absent a direct order from the White House, Obama created a climate of “inflammatory rhetoric” in calling out tea party groups, shadow money organizations and super PACs during his campaign, which “sort of gives a wink and a nod to people who might be sympathetic to the president already, in terms of their personal politics, to do certain things,” he said

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The Center for Competitive Politics is now the Institute for Free Speech.