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GOP not repeating mistakes of Clinton-era scandal investigations

May 17, 2013 at 4:28 PM   |   Comments

WASHINGTON, May 17 (UPI) -- House Republicans say they will handle investigations into scandals involving the Obama administration differently than those during the Clinton administration.

Currently, a number of House committees are looking into several issues, including the deadly Sept. 11 attack in Benghazi, the Internal Revenue Service targeting of conservative advocacy groups, the Department of Justice's seizure of reporter phone records, the Boston Marathon bombing and the Health and Human Service secretary's fundraising to promote Obamacare, The Hill reported.

"These are all different agencies of government. This administration owns the failures, but not necessarily the direct blame. ... We're looking at each individual case so it's very different than what you view historically as a target where it [was] always about President [Bill] Clinton. This isn't about President [Barack] Obama," House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., told The Hill.

In 1998, House Republicans focused investigations on campaign-finance controversies that plagued Clinton. However, those investigations quickly became personal, with then-Oversight Committee Chairman Dan Burton, R-Ind., saying he was "out to get" Clinton, whom he called a "scumbag."

Still, Republicans said they would be diligent in their current investigations.

"This is not a stain on a dress. This is the IRS abusing their powers and really getting to the core values of freedom and freedom of speech and assembly in this nation. I don't know if you can be harsh enough," Rep. Lee Terry, R-Neb., told The Hill.

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