The Washington Times - May 15, 2013, 10:04AM

Cries are growing louder for an independent investigation into the Internal Revenue Service’s targeting of conservative groups seeking tax-exempt status.

The Treasury Department’s inspector general for tax administration offered its review of the situation late Tuesday, but critics think that that’s simply not good enough and that the Obama administration can’t be trusted to investigate itself.


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“At the end of the day, I don’t trust this report,” said Amy Kremer, chairwoman of the Tea Party Express, during an interview on CNN on Wednesday morning. “You’re having the inspector general, who serves the secretary of the treasury, who serves the president of the United States, [investigate]. Do you really think the inspector general is going to call out the boss? I don’t think so. I think Congress needs to demand an independent investigation into this.”

The IRS has rejected two of the nine recommendations put forth by the inspector general on Tuesday. Those recommendations were aimed at speeding up but also clarifying the agency’s approval process for groups seeking tax-exempt status.

The Treasury report likely will be followed by numerous congressional investigations, expected to begin soon.