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Obama Forces Out Acting IRS Chief in Bid to Rebuild Trust – Forbes

By Richard Rubin

President Barack Obama announced the resignation of acting Internal Revenue Service Commissioner Steven Miller amid an escalating scandal over the agency’s selective scrutiny of nonprofit organizations.

… Miller was forced out after the IRS acknowledged on May 10 that employees had selectively screened groups’ applications for tax-exempt status based in part on whether their names included the phrases “tea party” or “patriot.”

… “My question isn’t about who’s going to resign,” House Speaker John Boehner said earlier today. “My question is: Who is going to jail over the scandal?”

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… Various laws prohibit the IRS and other government agencies from singling out a group for special scrutiny because of its politics, according to the Legal Information Institute of Cornell Law School. That would violate, for example, the Hatch Act, which prohibits civil servants from engaging in partisan political activity during the performance of their jobs and 18 USC Section 241, which makes it unlawful for two or more persons to agree together to intimidate a person in the free exercise of any right secured to him/her by the Constitution or the laws of the United States.

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