For John, BLUF: The IRS can be a weapon, wielded by politicians or bureaucrats, to keep the hoi polloi in line. Nothing to see here; just move along.
Note: It was a Staffer, and not the Senator.
From The Lid Blog, by Mr Jeff Dunetz, 21 Jun 2018.
Here are the first two paragraphs:
Judicial Watch released some documents revealing that a John McCain staffer urged Lois Lerner to audit non-exempt organizations until they financially collapsed. What he didn’t know was Lerner was already attacking the 501(C)(3), groups. By April 30th, 2013, Sen. John McCain’s staff director Henry Kerner, had moved on to be the chief counsel on the McCain-chaired Senate Homeland Security Permanent Subcommittee.One assumes that the [unelected] staffer was working at the direction of his principal, and not free lancing.
On that last day of April he urged a group of senior IRS officials, including the infamous director of exempt organizations Lois Lerner that if she thinks the groups were being political to “audit so many that it becomes financially ruinous.”
And, one assumes that the IRS would only go against those that were violating the rules.
And, one assumes that this was not that Lois Lerner.
UPDATE: Senator McCain's Office Pushes Back, strongly.
Hat tip to the InstaPundit.
Regards — Cliff