This is delightfully bizarre: an actual planted question. Not the fever dream of conspiracists. But an actual, real life, planted question. A rare species.
Acting IRS Director Steven Miller has confirmed that the question that revealed the IRS’ inappropriate targeting of conservative groups was planted. It was arranged ahead of time to be asked during a Q&A at a tax lawyer’s conference in DC. The IRS knew the inspector general’s report would be coming out soon and this was their nascent effort to get ahead of the story. You see how that turned out.