House Panel To Question IRS Commish Friday

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The House Ways and Means Committee is going to have a formal hearing on Friday in which they will question IRS Commissioner Steve Miller and Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration J. Russell George about the evidence that the IRS targeted conservative groups applying for tax exempt status between 2010 and 2012. The committee said they would examine the IRS’s "practice of targeting applicants for tax-exempt status based on political leanings."

Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp (R-MI) said, "News that the agency admits it targeted American taxpayers based on politics is both astounding and appalling. The Committee on Ways and Means will get to the bottom of this practice and ensure it never takes place again.”

Barrack Obama expressed outrage at the revelations of IRS misbehavior on Monday: "If, in fact, IRS personnel engaged in the kind of practices that have been reported on and were intentionally targeting conservative groups, then that's outrageous, and there is no place for it. You don't want the IRS ever being perceived to be biased and anything less than neutral in terms of how they operate."

Former IRS Commissioner Douglas Shulman twice denied to the Financial Services and Ways and Means Oversight subcommittees that the IRS was targeting conservative groups. Miller succeeded Shulman in 2012. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has demanded Miller’s resignation.


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