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    IRS Official Who "Resigned" Over Scandal Was Already Leaving in June

    IRS Official Who "Resigned" Over Scandal Was Already Leaving in June

    Katie Pavlich | May 16, 2013

    Last night President Obama made a statement to the country promising to hold those responsible for inappropriate targeting of conservative groups at the IRS. He announced that his Treasury Secretary had asked and received the resignation for Acting IRS Commissioner Steven Miller. Sounds great right? Wrong. Apparently Miller was leaving the end of June. Not to mention, Miller had only been in his position as acting director since November 2012. Six months after the election and two years of harassment toward conservative groups.

    In an email to IRS employees, Miller claimed he would only be leaving next month because his assignment would be over.

    'It is with regret that I will be departing from the IRS as my acting assignment ends in early June,' Miller wrote. 'This has been an incredibly difficult time for the IRS given the events of the past few days, and there is a strong and immediate need to restore public trust in the nationís tax agency.'
    Accountability! The question now is whether Miller will receive a full pension and how many others will be "held accountable." The real people to be looking at are:
    -Douglas Shulman: he was in charge of the IRS as Commissioner until November 2012 and lied to Congress about ongoing harassment of tea party groups
    "Yes, I can give you assurances [tea party groups aren't being targeted]" -March 2012

    Publishedd on May 13, 2013 FLASHBACK: Former IRS Chief Told Congress His Agency Does Not Target Tea Party Groups --- As we learned last week, the Internal Revenue Service reportedly targeted conservative "tea party" organizations during the 2012 election cycle by applying increased scrutiny to them when applying for tax-exempt status. BuzzFeed has unearthed a clip showing the IRS' own former head asserting that his agency absolutely does not target any groups for increased scrutiny based on political beliefs.

    Appearing before the House Ways & Means Subcommittee on Oversight in March 2012, then-commissioner of the IRS Douglas Shulman told Congress that his agency was not engaged in the targeting of tea party organizations, despite complaints lawmakers had received from various groups over their treatment from the bureau.

    "Yes, I can give you assurances," Shulman said when asked to reassure the panel that the IRS does not engage in political targeting. "As you know, we pride ourselves on being a non-political, non-partisan organization," he added.

    Shulman, who was a Republican appointee under President George W. Bush, told the panel: "Me and our chief counsel are the only presidential appointees and I have a five-year term that runs through presidential elections just so we will have none of that kind of political intervention into things that we do."

    Shulman's term with the IRS ended in November 2012, after the reported targeting took place.
    -Lois Lerner: the director of Exempt Organizations at the IRS and the woman who admitted to and apologized for inappropriate targeting of tea party groups last week. By the way, she received $42,000 in performance bonuses.
    Lois Lerner, the senior executive in charge of the IRS tax exemption department and the federal employee at the center of the exploding scandal over the IRS targeting of conservative, evangelical and pro-Israel non-profits, was given $42,531 in bonuses between 2009 and 2011.
    -Nan Downing: the director of Examinations for the Exempt Organizations division of the IRS

    UPDATE: As Ed Morrissey points out, Miller isn't totally innocent here and served as the deputy commissioner for Services and Enforcement before taking the position as acting commissioner in November 2012. He knew about harrassment of tea party groups in May 2012, but didn't say anything about it.

    Now really what do you expect from the "flim flam administration'
    Last edited by kathyet; 05-16-2013 at 11:41 AM.

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