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Reality Check: IRS investigation under GOP controlled senate

BLUE ASH, OH (FOX19) -

Last week a federal judge tossed out a lawsuit filed against the IRS by several conservative groups seeking tax-exempt status

Does the decision mean the investigation into alleged discrimination against those groups by the IRS here in Cincinnati is over? Not by a long shot.

With just five days to go until Tuesday's midterm elections the GOP is poised to take over control of the senate giving them both houses of Congress. 

Republicans need six seats to win the majority in the senate and are in position to take Montana and West Virginia while polls show GOP candidates leading incumbents in Alaska, Arkansas, Colorado, Louisiana, and North Carolina. 

Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown is no stranger to a republican controlled Congress having spent years in the House of Representatives during a dominant GOP run. I asked Brown what's likely to happen to the political agenda should the opposition party take the senate…the democrat more focused on current policy.

"Regardless of how this election comes out Congress should come back to work right after the election and finish the agenda on budgets and infrastructure and all the things we ought to be doing," Brown tells FOX-19.

Xavier Political Science Professor Mack Mariani tells me what Brown wouldn't—that when it comes to the political agenda, one party control has its advantages: "The major difference would be Republicans would be able to pass things and define what the political conversation was about," says Mariani.

So how exactly would a GOP majority in the senate define the “political conversation” surrounding the ongoing IRS investigation? FOX-19 reached out to Ohio Congressman Jim Jordan who sits on the committee investigating the IRS. He returned the following statement which reads in part: "If Republicans take the Senate, it will mean additional pressure on the Justice Department to do its job, perhaps through the appropriations process, but it will also mean Senate hearings and a Senate investigation to supplement the work of the House of Representatives."

The bottom line is this, for those seeking the truth about what really happened at the IRS office here in Cincinnati Tuesday's midterm elections could be a game changer.

Complete statement from Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan:

“Ultimately the next attorney general needs to appoint a special prosecutor to look at all of the facts, from the IRS's own admission of guilt to the e-mail trail linking various IRS employees to the scandal. The American people deserve justice for this blatant abuse of both government power and their First Amendment rights. Many questions remain, as Watergate reporter Bob Woodward acknowledged this week. If Republicans take the Senate, it will mean additional pressure on the Justice Department to do its job, perhaps through the appropriations process, but it will also mean Senate hearings and a Senate investigation to supplement the work of the House of Representatives. Sen. Ted Cruz has already called for Senate hearings, and I'm certain he is not alone in his outrage over this blatant attack on the free speech rights of Americans.”

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