After revelations that conservative groups were receiving different treatment from the Internal Revenue Service, Treasury Secretary Jack Lew asked for and was given the resignation of the Acting IRS Commissioner.
President Barack Obama announced on Wednesday that Treasury Secretary Jack Lew requested and accepted the resignation of the acting commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service, Steven Miller, following the agency’s admission that agents improperly singled out conservative non-profits for additional reviews during the 2012 election.
“I will not tolerate this kind of behavior in any agency, but especially in the IRS,” Obama said at the White House. “Given the power that it has, and the reach that it has in all of our lives. And as I said earlier, it should not matter what political stripe you’re from, the fact of the matter is that the IRS has to operate with absolute integrity.”
The IRS report made it clear that political discrimination was occurring as groups with “Tea Party” or “Patriots” in the name received heightened scrutiny by the government agency based solely on having those words in the title of their organizations.
Obama’s move to fire the IRS Commissioner should put any lingering doubt by conservatives about White House involvement in the scandal to rest (ha). Whether the firing will “stop the bleeding” or help the Obama White House regain momentum is another question entirely. Republicans will likely continue their obsession with Benghazi and Attorney General Holder’s testimony yesterday before Congress raised more questions about the Associated Press spying scandal.
It’s been a long week for the White House.