Republicans in Washington are calling the IRS’ admission that it targeted Tea Party groups and other conservative political organizations “chilling” acts of intimidation that “heighten Americans’ mistrust” in the U.S. government.
While the Republicans were ranting about the IRS, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney released a statement to let those concerned know that the matter will be addressed.
“If the inspector general finds that there were any rules broken or that conduct of government officials did not meet the standards required of them, the president expects that swift and appropriate steps will be taken to address any misconduct.”
On Friday the IRS acknowledged that it targeted certain groups, including the Tea Party, during the 2012 election cycle. The IRS claims that they did this to see whether they were violating their tax-exempt status.
On “Fox News Sunday” Michigan Rep. Mike Rogers stated, “The conclusion that the IRS came to is that they did have agents who were engaged in intimidation of political groups … I don’t care if you’re a conservative, a liberal, a Democrat or a Republican, this should send a chill up your spine. It needs to have a full investigation.”
The IRS claims that while it did target specific conservative groups in 2012, the agency did not do this in 2011.
However, Fox News revealed on Saturday that it obtained a report that indicates that the IRS was indeed flagging these groups in 2011. Details are the report are forthcoming.
Maine Republican Sen. Susan Collins was on CNN’s “State of the Union” this weekend and stated, “This is truly outrageous and it contributes to the profound distrust that the American people have in government … It is absolutely chilling that the IRS was singling out conservative groups for extra review. And I think that it’s very disappointing that the president hasn’t personally condemned this.”