Former IRS Commissioner – Conservatives Targeted By “People Trying To Be More Efficient In Their Workload”

May 17, 2013 4:29 pmViews: 1695

IRS Commissioner Steven Miller

Former IRS Commissioner Steven Miller apologized to the House Ways and Means Committee at a hearing on Capitol Hill earlier today, yet he did not acknowledge that there was any corruption or criminal wrongdoing in the targeting of conservative groups for audits and extra scrutiny because of their ideology. Not only did Miller say nothing criminal or corrupt went on, he said that there was not even any partisanship in the selection and targeting of any groups.

Now, if you read his exact quote below, technically he is probably correct because he is talking about the people that sorted and classified the tax documents by looking them over and searching for the red flag keywords that sounded conservative. This direct action was probably done by low level employees who sit at computers all day and enter data so Mr Miller's answer would be correct, but he obviously is not giving the whole truth as required during these hearings before Congress. It does not matter who did the actual sorting of the documents and they probably were not doing it in a partisan way, they were simply doing their jobs, but unfortunately when asked by Republican Kevin Brady who ordered this to be done, Miller conveniently did not have that answer.

Of course people don't trust government when we have such a biased and huge scandal such as this and all the former head of the IRS (and many pundits at MSNBC as well) can say is, 'there was not any partisanship here.' The evidence proves otherwise.

Watch part of Miller's opening statement in the video past the pertinent part of his transcript below.

"I do not believe that partisanship motivated the people who engaged in the practices described in the treasury inspector general's report. I think that what happened here was that foolish mistakes were made by people trying to be more efficient in their workload selection. The listing described in the report, while intolerable, was a mistake and not an act of partisanship."

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