AP shocker: Senior IRS officials knew conservative groups were targeted
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
— Cameron Gray (@Cameron_Gray) May 11, 2013
— 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