OBAMA: ACTING TAX AGENCY COMMISSIONER HAS RESIGNED

Associated Press

May 15, 2013

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama on Wednesday announced the resignation of the top official at the federal tax agency following a controversy over the targeting of conservative political groups for extra scrutiny.

Obama, who has been criticized for appearing passive in his response to the matter, declared, “I am angry about it” and said the American people had a right to be angry as well.

He announced the resignation of the acting commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service, Steven Miller, a day after the release of a report that showed ineffective management at the IRS allowed agents to improperly target conservative groups for more than 18 months.

The IRS investigation is one of several scandals dogging the Obama administration, including its response to last year’s deadly attack on a U.S. diplomatic facility in Benghazi, Libya, and the seizure of
Associated Press phone records in a leak investigation. The trio of tempests has emboldened opposition
Republicans as they seek to stymie Obama’s second-term agenda and score political points ahead of next year’s congressional elections.

Obama announced Miller’s resignation after meeting at the White House with top officials from the Treasury Department, which oversees the IRS.

Miller became acting commissioner in November, after Commissioner Douglas Shulman completed his five-year term. Shulman had been appointed by President George W. Bush.

The president has proceeded cautiously since the IRS controversy was made public Friday. While he initially said the accusations were “outrageous,” he also said he wanted to wait until the inspector general’s report was released before addressing what should be done to hold accountable those responsible.

The report lays much of the blame on IRS supervisors in Washington who oversaw a group of specialists in
Cincinnati, Ohio, who screened applications for tax exempt status. It does not indicate that Washington initiated the targeting of conservative groups, but it does say a top supervisor in Washington did not adequately supervise agents in the field even after she learned the agents were acting improperly.

The Justice Department is also investigating the IRS targeting, as are three congressional committees.

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  • Delia
    15 May 2013 at 9:28 pm - Reply

    The amount of corruption in this administration is totally beyond belief .The corruption start and ends at the top.

    Every person involved should be interrogated and offered immunity from prosecution to identify where the orders came from. Then go right up the chain to the top to find out who gave the initial order to do this. If they won’t testify, file charges and let them stand trial. Do we really trust this administration ? Why would any low level government employee do this on his own ?

  • i_told_you_so
    15 May 2013 at 11:44 pm - Reply

    Liar liar pants on fire! So you think your president wasn’t? Time will tell and the truth will prevail. Liar liar pants on fire!

  • Delia
    16 May 2013 at 7:20 am - Reply

    Obama is the worlds best liar, he can lie to people with a strait face and they like him because everyone wants everything for nothing.

  • noz
    16 May 2013 at 7:06 pm - Reply

    i second that motion. PERJURER, DECEIVER on the loose. God knows what else are in that pandora box. for sure his religion is muslim, took christian religion falsely to be president, his harvard grades of C/F considered passing grades, an affirmative action benefits are just the few. what about obama’s radical close cohorts ideologues of socialism dangerous to america, which obama embraced and gave his allegiance to, etc. obama will never come clean and will completely lie on his teeth and black gums. only his carelessness together with his many accomplish will expose his corrupt secrets of if it walks and quacks like a duck, it sure is a duck.

    • jr(catholic counter capitalist)
      18 May 2013 at 9:13 am - Reply

      God Bless BARACK O B A M A!

      • noz
        18 May 2013 at 11:45 pm - Reply

        S T U P I D, OBAMA SOLELY KNOWS ALLAH. GET IT….GET IT….GET IT….GET IT….GET IT….GET IT….GET IT….GET IT….GET IT….GET IT….

  • Delia
    16 May 2013 at 8:56 pm - Reply

    I used to trust the government but along came the Obama administration and his left-wing enablers. The things perpetrated by our government, things one would never have dreamed could happen in this country happened. (Obamas Hope and Change !) It’s now Chaos and Despair.

  • jr(catholic counter capitalist)
    17 May 2013 at 11:35 pm - Reply

    Noz and Delia, no doubt, hands down, are the world’s greatest liar ever on this site!

    • Delia
      18 May 2013 at 9:30 am - Reply

      Again ignoring your posts for lack of factual and intellect.

    • noz
      18 May 2013 at 11:41 pm - Reply

      ASSH….LE GO AHEAD KEEP UP WITH YOUR VOMITUS COMING FROM YOUR BOTTOM, ENGAGING TO SAY WHAT? LIAR GET YOUR FACTS TO PROVE TO YOURSELF YOUR VOMITUS REALLY COMES OUT OF YOUR MOUTH, NOT FROM YOUR BOTTOM’s HOLE. GET IT….GET IT….GET IT….GET IT….GET IT….GET IT….GET IT….GET IT….GET IT….GET IT….

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