July 19, 2018

Whitehouse Signals Opposition to Rettig Nomination

Washington, DC – Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), a member of the Senate Finance Committee, signaled his opposition to the nomination of Charles Rettig for Commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) in a Finance Committee hearing today and issued the following statement:

“Just this week, the IRS decided to shield from the public some of the biggest special interests spending secret money in our elections.  That decision widened an avenue of influence that already allows the likes of the Kochs – or even foreign actors like Vladimir Putin – to spend unlimited dark money rigging elections to their advantage.  To earn my support, Mr. Rettig will need to show he will stand for transparency and accountability at the IRS and help to end the capture of our government by special interests.  This change raises new questions that need answers before I can support his nomination.”

Watch today’s hearing here (Whitehouse remarks beginning at 42:35).


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