House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) condemned the Internal Revenue Service targeting scandal on Wednesday, demanding that the administration hold someone responsible.
“The IRS admitted to targeting conservatives, even if the White House continues to be stuck on the word ‘if,'” he told reporters at a weekly briefing. “My question isn’t about who is going to resign. My question is who’s going to jail over this scandal?”
He added: “Someone made a conscious decision to harass and to hold up these requests for tax-exempt status….Clearly someone violated the law.”
Attorney General Eric Holder announced Tuesday that the Federal Bureau of Investigation is probing the IRS over what President Barack Obama described as “intolerable and inexcusable” conduct.
An internal Treasury Department report found that ineffective management at the agency allowed employees to inappropriately single out conservative non-profit groups for additional reviews during in the run up to the 2012 election, focusing on such key words as “Tea Party,” ”Patriots” or “9/12 Project” in their applications.
“I’ve directed [Treasury Secretary Lew] to hold those responsible for these failures accountable, and to make sure that each of the Inspector General’s recommendations are implemented quickly, so that such conduct never happens again,” Obama said in a statement Tuesday night.
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