Two congressional Republicans from President Obama's home state on Tuesday predicted that a congressional hearing focusing on the IRS scandal later this week would be both "explosive" and "significant."
In an interview with the Chicago Sun-Times, U.S. Rep. Peter Roskam (R-Ill.) - who is also Chief Deputy Whip and U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock (R-Ill.) both called on wholesale change within the IRS.
Both sit on the powerful House Ways & Means Committee. On Friday, the panel will be taking the IRS to task because of an ever-growing scandal over recent admissions by the IRS that it targeted conservative groups for inquiry.
"It's an unsettling day," Roskam said as more details emerge about the IRS scandal.
Appearing before the committee will be Steve Miller, acting IRS Commissioner and
Jay Russell George, Inspector General for Tax Administration from the U.S. Treasury/
Roskam said he has a number of questions for the two, including:
"Clarity who made the decision, how it was administered, what was the criterion, was there a political motivation behind it? What groups were contemplated," Roskam told the Sun-Times. "If this is going on, what else is going on? Who else is being targeted? Are there prominent political figures, or donors, or activists that are being targeted. It's incredibly unsettling."
Schock is already calling for Miller's resignation, arguing he was either complicit in the behavior or ignorant to it.
"I think the president needs to remove these officials and put in place someone whose number one responsibility will be to clean up the mess," said Schock.
"The IRS is supposed to be completely non-partisan and ... whether you have a Democrat president or Republican president really should not matter when it comes to tax laws. So, to me, I would hope that the administration would join us on calling on the removing these officials," Schock said. "At the heart of this is not (just) the accountability of them but credibility to the taxpayers."