So, for folks like George Will to be conjuring the specter of Richard Nixon and impeachment is a bit much.

For one, there’s zero evidence that there was any White House involvement. For another, the IRS director during the targeting was a George W. Bush appointee. And many liberal 501(c)(4) applicants also got the same IRS questions, though apparently they weren’t flagged by keyword. Will doesn’t bother to mention any of this.

All this is a separate issue from whether IRS officials misled Congress when it asked whether the agency was targeting the Tea Party. That appears to be a bigger problem, and you can be assured it will be fully investigated.

Now, about those secret Obama administration subpoenas of the Associated Press’s phone records, combined with the administration’s past prosecution of leakers.

That’s a scandal.

 

Ryan Chittum is a former Wall Street Journal reporter, and deputy editor of The Audit, CJR's business section. If you see notable business journalism, give him a heads-up at rc2538@columbia.edu.