Top Republican Dave Camp Suggests Targeting Scandal Involves Officials Outside IRS (Video)
Top Republican Rep. Dave Camp, the chair of the House Ways and Means Committee, suggested IRS targeting scandal involves officials outside the IRS.
Via On The Record:
Last week Lois Lerner, head of the tax exempt division of the Internal Revenue Service, leaked to the press that the IRS had been targeting conservative groups and individuals. The IRS and Lerner planted the question in the audience during a speech she made to the American Bar Association.
The Daily Caller reported:
Last week, Lois Lerner, head of the tax exempt division of the Internal Revenue Service dropped a bombshell: The IRS had been applying extra scrutiny to conservative groups claiming tax exempt status.
The revelation came seemingly out of the blue, in response to a question during a panel at an American Bar Association conference, leaving the audience baffled, according to reports.
As it turns out, it was not a spontaneous revelation. The question, said outgoing IRS Commissioner Steven Miller in testimony before the House Ways and Means Committee Friday, was planted, as part of a prepared strategy for the IRS to release this information to the public.
Under questioning from Republican Rep. Devin Nunes, Miller said it was a “prepared Q and A,” and the question, which came from tax lawyer Celia Roady had been discussed in advance as well.
Roady told U.S. News and World Report later Friday afternoon that Lerner had personally contacted her and requested she ask the specific question. Roady said she did not know at the time what Lerner’s answer would be.*
Later, Miller, questioned by Rep. Peter Roskam, explained that the disclosure had been made to coincide with the conclusion of the inspector general’s report.