THE HUFFINGTON POST
By Sam Stein
WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama announced on Wednesday that Steven Miller, the acting director of the Internal Revenue Service, had resigned amid criticism over the tax agency’s handling of conservative groups seeking tax-exempt status.
Speaking from the White House’s East Room, the president said that he had instructed Treasury Secretary Jack Lew to hold the IRS accountable for its missteps, revealed in a Treasury Department inspector general’s report released on Tuesday. Among the steps Lew took was to request and accept “the resignation of the acting commissioner of the IRS.”
“It is important to institute new leadership that can help restore confidence going forward,” said Obama.
The president also said that he had instructed Lew to implement the recommendations of the inspector general’s report which looked into why groups with words like “tea party” in their name had been forced to endure more scrutiny when applying for 501(c)(4) status. Obama added that he would “work with Congress as it performs its oversight role” in investigating the IRS.
- IRS Acting Commissioner Resigns (kktv.com)
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- Boehner on IRS Scandal: ‘Who is going to jail?’ (politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com)
- Marco Rubio Calls For Non-Existent IRS Commissioner To Resign (blogs.browardpalmbeach.com)
- Obama: Acting IRS commissioner has resigned (mercurynews.com)
- Boehner on IRS scandal: ‘Who is going to jail?’ (wyff4.com)
- Marco Rubio Humiliates Himself By Demanding That the Non-Existent IRS Commissioner Resign (politicususa.com)
- IRS gave liberal groups a pass as it targeted conservatives: report (blogs.marketwatch.com)
- Obama says watchdog report’s findings on IRS ‘intolerable’ (reuters.com)
Washington (CNN) — With a congressional hearing set for week’s end, President Obama vowed Monday to hold the Internal Revenue Service accountable if reports of political targeting turn out to be true.
“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’s no place for it,” Obama told reporters.
“And they have to be held fully accountable. Because the IRS as an independent agency requires absolute integrity, and people have to have confidence that they’re … applying the laws in a nonpartisan way.”
Documents set to be released this week by the IRS watchdog show that the agency targeted tea party organizations and other groups focused on government spending and the federal debt that were seeking tax-exempt status.
The IRS also applied extra scrutiny to applicants with statements that “criticize how the country is run” or that sought to educate the public on how to “make America a better place to live,” designations that would have included conservative political groups looking to apply for 501(c)(4) status. Those disclosures are included in the appendix of an inspector general’s report, obtained by CNN, that has caused widespread anger among lawmakers on both sides of the aisle as well as conservative groups.