Boehner: Who's Going To Jail For What IRS Did?

Published On : 5/15/2013 10:37 AM
By : Mark Memmott
From : NPR
Categories : Politics
House Speaker John Boehner on Wednesday in the Capitol.

He doesn't want to know who's going to resign, House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, told reporters Wednesday morning.

He wasn't to know: "Who's going to jail" for what IRS personnel did to some conservative groups?

House Speaker John Boehner on Wednesday in the Capitol.
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As we've been reporting, IRS officials have admitted that during the 2012 campaign cycle some groups that applied for tax-exempt status were put through extra scrutiny if their paperwork mentioned the "tea party" or included words such as "patriots" — signals that they might be engaged in political activity (which would rule out giving them tax-exempt status).

The IRS says this wasn't about partisan politics, but was a misguided effort by some lower-level employees to streamline their work.

Conservatives have howled. President Obama has called such actions by the IRS "outrageous." Attorney Gen. Eric Holder has ordered an investigation to see if any laws were broken. A Treasury Department inspector general has issued a report that says "ineffective management" at the IRS led to the use of "inappropriate criteria" during the application reviews.

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