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Justice Dept. to investigate IRS targeting of tea party

Published: Tue, May 14, 2013 @ 3:35 p.m.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department is opening a criminal investigation into the Internal Revenue Service's targeting of tea party groups for extra scrutiny over whether they qualified for tax-exempt status, Attorney General Eric Holder said today.

Holder said the FBI is coordinating with the Department of Justice to see if any laws were broken.

At a news conference, Holder called the practice, "outrageous and unacceptable."

Numerous congressional committees already are investigating the IRS for singling out tea party and other conservative groups during the 2010 congressional elections and the 2012 presidential election. But Holder's announcement takes the matter to another level, if investigators are able to prove that laws were broken.

Holder's comments came a day after President Barack Obama said that if the agency intentionally targeted such groups, "that's outrageous and there's no place for it."

Steven Miller, the IRS acting chief, acknowledged "a lack of sensitivity" in the agency's screenings of political groups seeking tax-exempt status and insisted those mistakes won't be repeated.

The IRS apologized Friday for what it acknowledged was "inappropriate" targeting of conservative political groups. The IRS admission was made at an American Bar Association conference.


1republicanRick(1716 comments)posted 3 years, 1 month ago

Vindicator is 3 days late in covering this story of the IRS targeting conservative groups.

Why so late Sweetwood?!

Republican VP candidate Paul Ryan barely scrubbing dishes clean at food bank merits 5 days of wall-to-wall Vindy coverage.

Once again, Vindicator lacking professional standards. Nice job Browns and Sweetwood.

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2redeye1(5615 comments)posted 3 years, 1 month ago

Thet dept. is under Obammy, so we will never get a straight answer from them. Just more coverup

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3JoeFromHubbard(1776 comments)posted 3 years, 1 month ago

The IRS should have nothing to do with political activity if they are doing the job they were designed to do.

Their current activities show dangerous government can become if left unchecked.

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4VINDYAK(1824 comments)posted 3 years, 1 month ago

Joe from Hubbard is correct. The IRS should not be involved in politics and apparently someone had encouraged them into that direction. It will be interesting to see how far this goes, or doesn't.

As far as people in the so-called Tea Party being accused of being racists, hate mongering and anti American groups...I see the socialist liberals are trying to drum up trouble again by spreading false rumors in the hope it spreads.

Remember Acorn? Social Liberals. They were once the grass roots organization that taught people how to cheat the government and vote multiple times during the same election.

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