Congressional inquiry on O'Donnell tax records heats up

By Delaware 105.9 8:35am, January 28, 2014
Christine O'Donnell (WDEL/File)
Powerful committees in both chambers of Congress now want answers to questions surrounding Christine O'Donnell's personal tax records and whether the Delaware Republican’s private information was illegally accessed and ultimately used in an effort to derail her 2010 U.S. Senate bid.

The House Ways and Means Committee has joined the Senate Finance Committee in probing a string of incidents dating back to March 2010, when O'Donnell, a tea party favorite who riled Delaware’s GOP establishment by besting party mainstay Mike Castle in a primary contest before losing to Democrat Chris Coons in the general election, was told by Treasury Department investigators that her tax information had been breached.

Since then, O'Donnell has run into roadblock after roadblock in her search for answers as officials at the IRS, in Delaware state government and at the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration remain tight-lipped.

O'Donnell tells the Washington Times that she would like to see congressional hearings, but the hearings are the means to an end; she says the end is that this gets exposed.

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