At a hearing Tuesday, Senate Finance Ranking Member Orrin Hatch (R-UT) went after Acting IRS Commissioner Steven Miller for failing to recognize or admit that it had targeted conservative groups back when Republicans sent them letters asking as much last year.
“That’s a lie by omission,” Hatch said. “There’s no question about that in my mind. It’s a lie by omission. … Why did you mislead me and my colleagues?”
“Mr. Hatch, I did not lie,” Miller responded.
“Frankly,” Miller said, “the concept of political motivation here — I did not agree with that in May. I do not agree with that now. We were not politically motivated in targeting conservative groups.”