Testimony: IRS Heads Behind Decision to Plant Question About Targeting

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Testimony from IRS officials revealed that the IRS's upper management actually decided in advance to plant the question about the targeting of conservatives at a May American Bar Association conference.

Holly Paz, who was a Washington supervisor in the tax-exempt unit, told House investigators last month that Lois Lerner told her before her appearance at the May 10 conference that she intended to address the targeting. Lerner was the director of the division who answered the planted question and revealed the agency targeted groups that had "Tea Party" or "Patriots" in their names

According to Fox News, transcripts reveal that "then-acting-IRS Commissioner Steve Miller had contrived an approach" to get the scandal out in the open; Paz said Lerner told her before the conference that "she and (Miller) had discussed her addressing it and decided what she would say about it." 

Paz said she did not know if Miller was the one who directed Lerner to ask the question but acknowledged Lerner willingly made her comments. 

Lerner is currently on administrative leave after reportedly refusing to resign. Miller, who was slated to leave the IRS in June, resigned after being asked to do so by Treasury Secretary Jack Lew. Paz has also been placed on administrative leave.


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