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GOP seeks to ensnare health law in IRS scandal

Lawmakers allege pattern of threats, coverups

WASHINGTON — Congressional Republicans — not resting with the Internal Revenue Service scandal — are moving to broaden the matter to an array of tax malfeasances and ‘‘intimidation tactics’’ they hope will ensnare the White House.

Republican charges range from the clearly questionable to the seemingly specious, and they grow by the day. On Friday, lawmakers sought to tie the IRS matter to the implementation of President Obama’s health care law, which will rely heavily on the agency. Whether they succeed holds significant ramifications for Obama, who will soon know if he is dealing with a late spring thunderstorm that may soon blow over or a consuming squall that will leave lasting damage.

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