Rep. Steve Stockman, R-Texas, asked two House committees to investigate IRS audits of people reported to the White House as critics of Obamacare.
“Government reforms adopted after Watergate prohibit the White House from coordinating with the IRS to target citizens,” Stockman said in a statement today. “We know White House critics were targeted by the IRS. We know the White House maintained an active enemies list through Flag@WhiteHouse.gov. Investigators must find out how targets were picked and what, if any, White House personnel knew about it.”
Stockman based his call on a comment from Redstate’s Erick Erickson. “Remember that website Obama set up to report neighbors who opposed Obamacare?” Erickson tweeted yesterday. “A friend reported himself and got audited shortly thereafter.”
The “flag” email account was created in 2009. “There is a lot of disinformation about health insurance reform out there, spanning from control of personal finances to end of life care,” Macon Phillips wrote on the White House website. “These rumors often travel just below the surface via chain emails or through casual conversation. Since we can’t keep track of all of them here at the White House, we’re asking for your help. If you get an email or see something on the web about health insurance reform that seems fishy, send it to firstname.lastname@example.org.”