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Obama waits for probe before condemning IRS; Congress pounces
Question of the Day
While President Obama said Monday that he is withholding judgment on the Internal Revenue Service’s targeting of conservative groups, angry congressional leaders from both parties aren’t waiting — they plan to begin hearings on the matter this week.
The president, speaking during a news conference with British Prime Minister David Cameron, said it would be “outrageous” and “contrary to our traditions” if IRS personnel “engaged in the kind of practices that have been reported on.”
He vowed that if the reports are true, those responsible will be held accountable.
“I’ve got no patience with it. I will not tolerate it. And we’ll make sure that we find out exactly what happened on this,” he said.
Mr. Obama, who said he first learned of the matter from media reports Friday, added that it would be premature to comment on specifics of the case until the Treasury Department’s inspector general for tax administration releases its results of a nearly yearlong investigation into the matter. The report is expected out this week.
But the House Ways and Means Committee on Friday will hold the first of what likely will be many congressional hearings on the IRS. Acting IRS Commissioner Steve Miller and Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration J. Russell George are the scheduled witnesses.
Mr. Rubio, who was elected thanks in part to strong support from tea party groups, called the targeting “outrageous and seriously concerning” and a “direct assault on our Constitution.”
Republicans quickly jumped on the IRS after the agency admitted Friday that some auditors gave heightened scrutiny to applications for tax-exempt status from tea party and other conservative groups during the 2012 election season under Mr. Shulman. But on Monday, several congressional Democrats joined a growing bipartisan chorus condemning the tax-collecting agency.
“Targeting groups based on their political views is not only inappropriate but it is intolerable,” Mr. Baucus said.
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