Outgoing IRS chief admits scandal-exposing question was planted – Yahoo! Finance
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The outgoing head of the Internal Revenue Service acknowledged on Friday that the tax agency planned its initial disclosure about having targeted conservative groups through a planted question at a lawyers’ conference. Acting IRS Commissioner Steven Miller told lawmakers during a Capitol Hill hearing that the question-and-answer session that exposed the tax agency’s targeting of conservative groups for extra scrutiny had been carefully planned.
“It was a prepared Q and A,” Miller said when asked about IRS official Lois Lerner’s response to a question from a lobbyist at an American Bar Association conference last week. When pressed whether the question was planted in advance, Miller said, “I believe that we talked about that, yes.”
Even the confession was orchestrated by the IRS, and we are supposed to be the targeting was not?