The Worst Commissioner Ever returned to Washington yesterday to testify before a Senate committee on the IRS scandal. He bravely took responsibility for the targeting of disfavored political groups and apologized to the victims.
Well, not exactly:
I certainly am not personally responsible for creating a list that had inappropriate criteria on it. And what I know, with the full facts that are out, is from the inspector general’s report, which doesn’t say that I’m responsible for that. With that said, this happened on my watch. And I very much regret that it happened on my watch.
In other words, I was just the boss, and you can’t blame me for what those crazy kids in Cincinnati do.
Just exercising the right they encouraged the Tea Partiers to use – silence. The IRS functionary who announced the scandal in response to a planted question isn’t going to answer real ones. From the Wall Street Journal:
Lois Lerner, the head of the Internal Revenue Service office that targeted conservative groups, intends to invoke her constitutional right against self-incrimination and decline to answer questions about the matter when questioned by a congressional committee Wednesday.
Ms. Lerner, director of the tax-exempt-organizations division at the IRS, notified the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform through her attorney that she wouldn’t answer questions on the matter, according to a committee spokesman.
When it comes to the Bill of Rights, better late than never.
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Clint Stretch, Targeting tax-exempts and tax reform (Tax Analysts Blog)
Joseph Thorndike, A World Without 501(c)(4)s (Tax Analysts Blog)
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