How the Mar-a-Lago raid has helped fuel GOP attacks on the IRS

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After Rep. Tom Cole (R-Okla.) spent 15 minutes on a Monday tele-town hall running through his recent work in Congress, he opened the call up to questions.

First up was James, from Ada, Okla., who wanted to know: What are you going to do about the new brigade of armed Internal Revenue Service agents?

The caller was referencing recent legislation that gives the IRS billions of dollars for tax enforcement, some of which could be used to hire more agents and help close the “tax gap” of unpaid federal taxes.

But Cole didn’t miss a beat in his response, echoing his House Republican colleagues by falsely claiming the funding would double the size of the IRS by hiring 87,000 agents who would work to audit everyone from small-business owners to farmers making less than $75,000 a year. He ignored the questioner’s suggestion that the agents would be armed but declared the funding “an amazing expansion of government” by a party that believes the…

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This article was written by Marianna Sotomayor and originally published on