Idaho Republican Sen. Mike Crapo told a GOP gathering in Post Falls Friday that there were more Idahoans investigated by the IRS than just the Tea Party Patrots of North Idaho, but the Tea Party file was "a classic case."
This morning's Coeur d'Alene Press reports that Leslie Damiano, former president of the Tea Party group (which has since disbanded) claims that when her organization applied for nonprofit status, "The IRS became very invasive in what they were asking for."
"They even wanted a user name and password to our website," Damiano said on Friday. "[They wanted to] monitor what we're talking about."
Crapo told the Friday gathering that he expects a U.S. Senate investigation into the matter could last for a few months.
"We don't know what we'll uncover at this point," said Crapo. "Ultimately, we want to get the documentation and witnesses to get to the bottom of the issue."
In addition to the U.S. Senate probe, investigations by the U.S. House investigation and the Office of the Inspector General are under way. Crapo said he would prefer an independent investigation as well.