Republicans say they will immediately AXE 87,000 IRS agents if they retake Congress and launch investigation into ‘weaponization of the DOJ’

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President Joe Biden signed the “Inflation Reduction Act” last month, which increases IRS agents by 87,000 and its budget by $80 billion. Of the 4,600 guns in the IRS arsenal, 3,282 are pistols, 621 are shotguns, 539 are rifles, and four are revolvers. The agency has 15 automatic weapons (machine guns).

In a recent IRS job posting, it is stated that applicants must be prepared to use deadly force if necessary.

Now, new photos of IRS agents in training have come out and it raises a lot of questions.

“Republican Congressman Thomas Massie released a number of photos of an IRS recruitment program showing potential agents making arrests with guns drawn,” according to Townhall.

Last week, the IRS took down a job description from its website that called for the ability to use lethal force.

Reporter Tom Fischer stated:

“The IRS is hiring new special agents!

Requirements include working min “50 hours per week, which may include irregular hours, and be on-call 24/7, including holidays and weekends” and “Carry a firearm and be willing to use deadly force, if necessary.””

They “will combine accounting skills with law enforcement skills to investigate financial crimes.”

If they retake the House in November, Republicans will repeal 87,000 IRS agents and examine the ‘weaponization of the DOJ,’ among other things.

In Monongahela, Pennsylvania, southeast of Pittsburgh, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy paraded a group of prominent House Republicans, including Georgia’s Marjorie Taylor Greene.

‘Our job is to work for you, not go after you,’ McCarthy declared, adding that the top legislative priority is to roll back funds set aside for the Internal Revenue Service in the Inflation Reduction Act.

“The 87,000 figure came from a Treasury Department assessment of how many IRS employees could be hired using the $80 billion appropriation over 10 years – not the actual legislation – but Republicans used the figure to drum up opposition to the bill,” according to the Daily Mail.

Top House Republicans, including McCarthy, House Minority Whip Steve Scalise and Rep. Jim Jordan, also promised to launch a series of investigations – into the tumultuous Afghanistan pull-out, the origins of COVID-19 and, as Jordan put it, the ‘weaponization of the DOJ against the American people.’

‘House Republicans are committed to exposing and holding accountable those in our government who have come after “we the people” and we will do that in every area,’ Jordan said.

The Ohio Republican pushed the COVID lab-leak theory hard, ridiculing the idea that the COVID-19 originated in nature.

‘But they want us to believe no, no, no, it was a bat to a pangolin to Joe Rogan and then we all got it right?’ Jordan said to laughs. ‘I’m just a country boy from Ohio but I think it probably came from a lab.’

Different members of the Republican conference were invited to speak during McCarthy’s question and answer session.

One woman, who described herself as a ‘mama bear,’ asserted that her criticism about COVID mandates, CRT, and trans athletes competing in women’s sports got her classified as a ‘domestic terrorist’ by the Department of Justice.

‘What’s amazing is what you’re going to hear about here, because we have tiger moms just like you in Congress,’ McCarthy stated.

“Rep. Julia Letlow, whose husband died of COVID before he was sworn-in to Congress, took the mic to share the ‘parents bill of rights’ portion of the Republican plan,” the Mail added.

‘Because in our commitment to America, parents will always have a seat at the table when it comes to their child’s education from here on out. I can promise you that,’ Letlow said.

She said one of the ‘silver linings’ of the pandemic was ‘we had a front row seat to what our children were being taught.’

Letlow said that parents should be able to ‘view your child’s curriculum’ and challenge it at the school board level.

McCarthy then added, ‘we believe in fairness, we should ensure women only compete in women’s sports,’ he said to applause.

‘I’ll make this personal pledge,’ McCarthy promised. ‘I don’t know if it happened, but any parents who say they got put on the terrorist watchlist by the DOJ, we’ll get you off of it,’ he said, amused.

Rep. Lauren Boebert, R-Colo., expressed concern about IRS agents being armed during a House floor debate last month.

“This bill has new IRS agents and they are armed, and the job description tells them that they need to be required to carry a firearm and expect to use deadly force if necessary,” Boebert stated. “Excessive taxation is theft. You are using the power of the federal government for armed robbery on the taxpayers.”

Representative John Yarmuth, a Kentucky Democrat., falsely claimed IRS agents are not armed.

“The idea that they are armed—I know that Ms. Boebert would like everybody to be armed, but that’s not what IRS agents do,” Yarmuth asserted. “I would implore my Republican colleagues to cut out the scare tactics. Quit making things up.”

The IRS posted a job opening for a special agent requiring applicants to be “willing and able to participate in arrests, execution of search warrants, and other dangerous assignments,” along with the ability to carry “a firearm and be willing to use deadly force, if necessary.”

In the aftermath of the controversy surrounding the proposed expansion of the IRS, the IRS removed the qualification “willing to use deadly force.”

The IRS age requirement is much like that of the military branches. To be eligible for a special agent role applicants must:

“Be 21 years of age by the time that you complete the training academy and no older than 37 years of age at time of appointment.”

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