At the House Ways and Means Committee hearing, this morning, Republicans struggled in vain to get former IRS Commissioner Steven Miller to condemn any of the egregious activities of his agency. And he wouldn’t agree that they were “targeting” any groups even though the IG report repeatedly referred to the targeting of groups.
When asked if he took any notes about these matters, he said he couldn’t remember.
Rep Roskam caught Miller in a bit of a slip up when he answered one question by saying that he would have to check his notes. “Why do you need to check your notes if you’re not sure you have notes?” Roskam demanded.
Miller answered, “Please!”
Life News reported yesterday that the IRS subjected one pro-life group to “repeated and lengthy unconstitutional requests for information about the viewpoint and content of its educational communications, volunteer prayer vigils, and other protected activities.”
One of the more shocking revelations to come out of today’s hearing came from Republican Rep. Aaron Schock, who asked Miller if the IRS had indeed asked a pro-life group to include the content of their prayers.
— AshLee Strong (@ashlee_strong) May 17, 2013
Miller not sure if proper but concedes it is surprising to him that a pro life group was asked to recite the words to their prayers. #IRS
— Nice Deb (@NiceDeb) May 17, 2013
Breaking: Acting IRS commissioner doesn’t know if it’s ok for IRS to ask content of applicants’ prayers.
— Jack Chase(@chasepolitics) May 17, 2013
Miller doesn’t know whether or not asking the content of ones prayers is appropriate for IRS. Says he would need “context” of question.
— st. clair caddell jr (@stbythec) May 17, 2013
Rep. Schock now asking about pro life groups – says IRS asked them about content of “their prayers” #IRShearing
— Charlie Spiering (@charliespiering) May 17, 2013
In what universe would a demand to see the content of a religious group’s prayers be a legitimate one?