May 17th, 2013
02:33 PM ET

Ousted IRS chief: No intentional political targeting

A huge increase in workload, rather than deliberate targeting, led to "foolish mistakes" and the political discrimination in the Internal Revenue Service cited by an inspector general's report, the agency's outgoing commissioner said Friday.

The testimony by Steven Miller, who was forced to announce his resignation this week as acting IRS commissioner, came at the first congressional hearing on the matter that has put President Barack Obama's administration on the defensive.

Rep. Dave Camp, chairman of the Republican-led panel, and other GOP members sought to depict the controversy as indicative of government gone wild, with the IRS abusing conservative groups and other political foes of the administration.

"This kind of reconfirms that, you know what, they can do anything they want to anybody they want any time they want," GOP Rep. Mike Kelly of Pennsylvania said about the IRS.

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  1. Bruce

    Gotta love that Ways and Means Comity ! Those guys don't miss a thing. I was especially pleased by the Bipartisan questioning by both the Dems and Repubs. Finally working together. Lets hope they continue their efforts.

    May 17, 2013 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
  2. chrissy

    The IRS has had their own set of rules FOREVER! Thats one reason theyve been one of the most hated branches of government for decades! Nothing new!

    May 17, 2013 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |
  3. HH

    I am still waiting for the tax code to be re-written from scratch.
    When they get around to doing that I might believe they were serious about representing the American people and serious about following the Constltution instead of openly grandstanding where they think it makes them look good and they think they can get away with it.
    The contempt they have for us is clearly expressed in their other activities. De-regulation and de-funding caused these problems. Congress made this happen because they do not represent the people any more and do not care how bad they damage the country. They are millionaires who represent anyone with money. This is a corporate-autocracy we have now. All of us peons are supposed to die off faster to prove them right in thinking they are the "fittest" to rule.
    Rank treason and attempted murder.

    May 17, 2013 at 5:06 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Moving to Fox soon"

    File Under: Illegal parasitic exploitation

    May 17, 2013 at 7:01 pm | Report abuse |
  5. rupert

    He looks like Eliot Goull. Thats right. I cannot spell Eliots last name. Wanna make a federal case out of it?
    Lol. One person to blame. That was funny dazzle.

    May 17, 2013 at 8:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Moving to Fox soon"

      I'm not sure either. Is it Elliott Gould?

      May 17, 2013 at 10:13 pm | Report abuse |
  6. saywhat

    Tend to agree with @HH remarks on Congress and @chrissy on IRS
    But then its us the public which let the Congress become the bickering, self serving, catering to special interest and lobbies mockery of gods on Olympus.

    May 17, 2013 at 8:34 pm | Report abuse |
  7. rupert

    I know Ive had a few,but I love u cnn. I do not like fox. To much propaganda. I especially love ur females. Well,its corona night tonight. Bye

    May 17, 2013 at 8:35 pm | Report abuse |
  8. rupert

    Oh! Look! Saywhat is here. He is my breakfast taco.
    @chrissy & saywhat. What the irs was unacceptable. However, we need our collection arm to be as powerful as possible, otherwise we lose billions in tax revenue. Dont ever forget that chrissy and saywhat. Ever!

    May 17, 2013 at 8:40 pm | Report abuse |
  9. chrissy

    Lol @ rupert, i am not likely to forget. But they need to be accountable as well..

    May 17, 2013 at 9:25 pm | Report abuse |
  10. chrissy

    Correct @ Jeff lol. And no one couldve said it better @ HH! Now i know why hamsta hasnt posted his garbage on this thread lmao.

    May 17, 2013 at 11:05 pm | Report abuse |
  11. chrissy

    Lol @ wut, i know right? Theyve let me post some lengthy ones today too. Wierd huh?

    May 17, 2013 at 11:59 pm | Report abuse |
  12. rupert

    I dont.

    To the people of the united states of america:

    In protest of the bailing out of corporate america by the federal government with your mony & mine, I refuse to pay my taxes for the next five years.

    May 18, 2013 at 9:32 am | Report abuse |
    • Mary

      @ rupert, Just goes to show ya... Give a man a gun and he can rob a bank. Give a man a bank and he can rob the WORLD!

      May 18, 2013 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Mary

    To the IRS: Please describe in detail all the activities used to determine the present bonus structure of government employees. Further, explain to the American people why their taxes are needed (at the point of force) to fund these bonuses when the majority work in jobs with less salary and NO bonuses!

    May 18, 2013 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
  14. chrissy

    Lol @ Mary so true your last post was! They shouldve had to PAY BACK that stimulus money GWB gave them to bailout the banks just like the auto companies had too, huh? Dumbest thing he did before leaving office!

    May 18, 2013 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Pete

    What's funny with all these scandals Pres.Obamas rating has rose to 53% and climbing...Better quit while you're ahead republicans or people out there might tell the SCOTUS to give Pres.Obama a third term like Roosevelt..But republicans cringe when its goes right for him don't they and the by the way it keeps going just about anyone will look better than those clowns they call republicans ,won't it!!

    May 19, 2013 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse |