Dem. Rep Asks IRS Official if She’s a Witch

by Andrew Johnson

Representative Gerry Connolly (D., Va.) tried to mock Republican concerns over the IRS’s targeting of conservative groups, as well as its involvement in enforcing Obamacare, by asking an official from the agency if she was a witch.

Connolly started off his line of questioning by wondering if Sarah Hall Ingram, director of the office tasked with enforcing the health-care law, was familiar with The Crucible, a play about the Salem witch trials. He went on to ask Ingram a series of ridiculous questions about whether she had been “consorting with the devil,” could fly, or was involved in “trying to pervert our youth.” Later, Connolly wondered if the devil had anything to do with an award Hall had won.

Now running the Affordable Care Act office at the IRS, Ingram had previously served as head of the office overseeing tax-exempt organizations during the agency’s targeting of tea-party groups.