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AP shocker: Senior IRS officials knew conservative groups were targeted

http://twitter.com/#!/JimmyPrinceton/status/333305248900853760

Would you believe the revelation yesterday that “low-level employees” at the IRS were targeting Tea Party groups isn’t the end of the story? The Associated Press is reporting today that that admission precedes the release next week of the results of a year-long investigation showing that senior officials have been aware of the agency’s flagging of conservative groups since 2011.

AP Exclusive: Federal watchdog: Senior IRS officials knew agents targeted tea party groups for scrutiny: apne.ws/138oq8P -SS

— The Associated Press (@AP) May 11, 2013

The IRS apologized Friday for what it acknowledged was “inappropriate” targeting of conservative political groups during the 2012 election to see if they were violating their tax-exempt status. The agency blamed low-level employees, saying no high-level officials were aware.

But on June 29, 2011, Lois G. Lerner, who heads the IRS division that oversees tax-exempt organizations, learned at a meeting that groups were being targeted, according to the watchdog’s report. At the meeting, she was told that groups with “Tea Party,” ”Patriot” or “9/12 Project” in their names were being flagged for additional and often burdensome scrutiny, the report says.

Crazy timing, huh?

Um…so the former head of the IRS apparently lied to Congress. m.apnews.com/ap/db_268798/c…

— John Podhoretz (@jpodhoretz) May 11, 2013

Saturday afternoon news dump – MT @ap: Senior IRS officials knew agents targeted tea party groups for scrutiny: apne.ws/138oq8P -SS”

— Cameron Gray (@Cameron_Gray) May 11, 2013

@ap @gaypatriot of course they did! Most government employees I know don’t have much initiative.

— KJHobbs (@Kjhobbs1985) May 11, 2013

@kjhobbs1985 Great point.

— GayPatriot (@GayPatriot) May 11, 2013

Hey IRS flunkies – right now, the bosses who tell you they have your backs are preparing to sell you out. Get to the US attorney pronto!

— Kurt Schlichter (@KurtSchlichter) May 11, 2013

So when we said we only made one edit to Benghazi report we meant 12. And when we said “low-level” IRS officials, we meant high-level. Oops.

— Sunny (@sunnyright) May 11, 2013