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By The Associated Press
Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013, 8:06 p.m.
 

WASHINGTON — For the record, the Internal Revenue Service official in charge of implementing a big part of the new health care law tells Congress that she has never knowingly consorted with the devil. And she cannot fly.

Sarah Hall Ingram was testifying before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee on Wednesday when Rep. Gerald Connolly tried to mock Republican efforts to demonize her. The Virginia Democrat asked Ingram several unorthodox questions about witchcraft as part of the hearing.

Some GOP lawmakers have been hammering Ingram for months because she once headed the IRS division that targeted conservative political groups for extra scrutiny when they applied for tax-exempt status. Hall said she left to run the agency's health care office in 2010, about six months before a top deputy learned about the targeting.

Ingram replied that she had seen Arthur Miller's play “The Crucible” 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.

 

 
 


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