Outgoing IRS Chief Refuses to Admit Conservatives Were ‘Targeted,’ But Scandal May Just Be ‘Tip of the Iceberg’
Outgoing IRS chief apologizes for agency’s ‘foolish’ actions, GOP rep calls program ‘tip of the iceberg’
May 17, 2013
The outgoing commissioner of the IRS apologized Friday for his agency’s practice of targeting conservative groups, calling the actions “foolish” while claiming it was not motivated by partisanship.
“As acting commissioner, I want to apologize on the behalf of the Internal Revenue Service for the mistakes that we made and the poor service provided,” Steven Miller, the outgoing commissioner, said at the first congressional hearing on the scandal. “The affected organizations and the American public deserve better.”
He said he doesn’t think the agents responsible were motivated by partisanship, but said “foolish mistakes were made by people trying to be more efficient.”
A top Republican also claimed at the start of the hearing that the details that have emerged about the IRS’ targeting of conservative groups are “just the tip of the iceberg.”