MSNBC’s “PoliticsNation” host Rev. Al Sharpton on Thursday complained that the government wasted $14 million investigating what he called the “phony” IRS scandal, adding that despite over a dozen congressional hearings and hundreds of employees responding to the probe, the investigation “turned up nothing.”“Republicans in Congress have spent months trying to gin up a scandal around the IRS. They’re convinced there’s a scandal with the IRS targeting conservative groups – even though it targeted liberal groups the same way,” Sharpton said.

But as previously reported, J. Russell George, Treasury Inspector General for the Tax Administration, testified before the House Ways and Means Committee on May 17, 2013, that his audit found “clear evidence” that the allegations of the IRS targeting conservative groups seeking tax exempt status are true.

“Was the IRS using inappropriate criteria in its review of organizations applying for tax-exempt status?” George said. “Yes. Was the IRS delaying their applications? Yes. And finally, did the IRS ask inappropriate and unnecessary questions of applicant? Yes.”

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