Senator Charlie Rangel (D-N.Y.) got on MSNBC Wednesday and went as far as a disgraced liberal Congressman can to castigate his party’s most influential member, telling Joe Scarborough that President Barack Obama hasn’t told the American people nearly as much as he knows about scandals involving both the Department of Justice and the Internal Revenue Service.
““I don’t think anyone truly believes that the president has given us a sufficient answer for America, much less the press,” said Rangel. “I think this is just the beginning, and the whole idea of comparing this with Nixon — I really think is just, it doesn’t make much sense.
“But the president has to come forward and share why he did not alert the press they were going to do this [secret data mining of The Associated Press]. He has to tell the Americans, including me: What was this ‘national security’ question? You just can’t raise the flag and expect to salute it every time, without any reason — and the same thing applies to the IRS.”
Rangel is among House Ways and Means Committee members set to hear testimony this Friday on the unfolding IRS scandal, in which the agency strategically placed undue hardships on conservative political nonprofits that threatened to mobilize against Obama ahead of the 2012 election.