Bachmann: IRS Head's Resignation Merely Damage Control by White House

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At Thursday morning’s Tea Party press conference addressing the IRS targeting scandal, Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) said President Barack Obama’s and Treasury Secretary Jack Lew’s decision to ask for acting IRS commissioner Steven Miller’s resignation was not presented honestly to the American people.

Bachmann was responding to a question from her colleague, Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX), who was jokingly acting as a member of the media at the press conference. “Michele, I got a question. Is this all fixed since the president let someone go he brought on board six months ago?” Gohmert asked.

“My colleague, Rep. Louie Gohmert, has just joined your ranks,” Bachmann responded. “He asked if yesterday the president engaged in damage control 101... So, what we saw again, was one more canard coming out of the White House, where they said that they were asking for the resignation and it looked like this was going to be a big shakedown by taking down the head, Steven Miller, of the IRS." 

Bachmann said this was not the case as "Mr. Miller was scheduled to resign anyway and leave the IRS anyway.” She added that the American people have not been given accurate information about the IRS scandal thus far.

“Again, the American people have not been told the truth,” she said. “What we need to know is what did the White House know and when did they know it.”


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