House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) said the House will investigate the IRS after the agency admitted to and apologized on Friday for targeting Tea Party and conservative groups during the 2012 election.
“The IRS cannot target or intimidate any individual or organization based on their political beliefs,” Cantor said on Friday. “The House will investigate this matter.”
Lois Lerner, the chief IRS official responsible for tax-exempt organizations, said the the IRS targeted groups that had the words “Tea Party” or “Patriots” in their names and that doing so was “wrong.”
“That was absolutely incorrect, it was insensitive and it was inappropriate,” Lerner said. “That’s not how we go about selecting cases for further review.”