Roane County tea party co-chair travels to Washington D.C.

Roane County tea party co-chair travels to Washington D.C. for IRS hearing

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By SAMANTHA MANNING
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - The co-chair of a local tea party group traveled to Washington D.C. Friday for a hearing on the IRS scandal involving the agency allegedly purposely targeting conservative groups.

The Roane County Tea Party told 6 News the IRS took more than three years to approve a standard request and they said they were asked improper and possibly illegal questions by the IRS, which stalled the approval process.

"I am absolutely furious," Gary Johnston said. "I have spent almost 26 years of my life defending this country, not as a service member, but as a police officer and defended and took an oath to defend this country and it has come to this."

The House Ways and Means Committee grilled Steven Miller, the former acting commissioner of the IRS, on Friday.

During the hearing, both Democrats and Republicans expressed frustration with Miller over what they considered to be misleading statements to Congress last year.

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