One of the things about being a small blogger is you do not always have the resources to jump on what you know is news.
I was watching The IRS hearings today and during David Ferriero’s testimony and tweeted this when he responded to a question from Rep Tim Walberg:
"They didn’t follow the law" said Ferriero. Translation: "they broke the law" #IRSscandal
— Bret Rickert (@BretRickert) June 24, 2014
I had to wait for one of the “Big Boys” to cover this and sure enough thanks to the Daniel Doherty at Townhall.com I can.
The exchange between Rep. Walberg and Mr. Ferriero was in regard to whether the IRS violated the Federal Records Act. The act requires an agency to inform Congress whenever there is unathorized destruction of documents:
“Any agency is required to notify us when they realize they have a problem,” Ferriero claimed, reiterating what he had said in his opening statement.
“But they didn’t do that?” Rep. Walberg asked.
“That’s right,” Ferriero admitted.
Rep. Walberg then asked if the agency broke federal law.
“I’m not a lawyer,” Ferriero replied.
“But you administer the Federal Records Act,” Rep. Walberg quickly pointed out.
“[So] if they didn’t follow it, can we safely assume they broke the law?” Rep. Walberg asked.
”They did not follow the law,” Ferriero replied.