Connolly hints at witch trial in Obamacare probe

Democrats have often dismissed Republicans’ various investigations into the doings of the White House as “witch hunts.” On Wednesday, Rep. Gerry Connolly took a literary riff on this idea. During a hearing of the House Oversight and Government Affairs committee looking into the implementation of Obamacare, the Virginia Democrat asked an IRS official if she had ever read Arthur Miller’s play “The Crucible.”

Anyone who’s taken high school English knew immediately where he was going with the line of questioning.

Sarah Hall Ingram, director of the IRS’s Affordable Care Act office, who was testifying before the panel, replied that she had seen it performed, and that she was from New England, and was therefore familiar with the legendary witch trials in Salem, Mass., that form the basis of the play.

“Have you been consorting with the devil?” Connolly asked.

“Not to my knowledge, sir,” she answered, with a slight smile.

“Are reports that you can fly accurate?” he asked.

“Greatly exaggerated, sir,” was her answer.

Watch the whole exchange here:

Emily Heil is the co-author of the Reliable Source and previously helped pen the In the Loop column with Al Kamen.
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