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Now Issa’s on the hot seat

The tables have turned in the controversy over the IRS' alleged targeting of conservative groups, as today the investigators will become the investigated when the two people most responsible for advancing the scandal narrative will face scrutiny at a hearing on Capitol Hill.

In the two months since the scandal broke in advance of a report from the Treasury Department's Inspector General for Tax Administration, new information has deflated the notion of a White House-driven scheme to harass political enemies, giving Democrats reason to doubt the credibility of that initial report -- and its author, J. Russell George. As Treasury's top internal cop, George is used to asking people uncomfortable questions, but today it will be he who has to defend not only himself, but by extension the foundation of the controversy.

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