Senate IRS Investigation May Be Delayed by Finance Committee Changes

Max Baucus' appointment as ambassador to China is likely to delay the Senate Finance Committee's investigation into the Internal Revenue Service's handling of exempt organizations, according to a joint statement issued by the committee's leaders.
Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), the committee's ranking member, said he will be reaching out to Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), the incoming Finance chairman, in coming days to discuss how best to conclude the investigation and share the committee's findings. Baucus resigned his Senate seat and role as Finance chairman on Feb. 6.
During the past nine months, the Finance Committee's investigators have reviewed more than 540,000 pages of documents and interviewed 28 IRS employees, from the most senior management to mid- and lower-level staff, the statement said.

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