The Internal Revenue Service has come under fire in recent days for targeting conservative organizations during the 2012 political season. The IRS apologized May 10, admitting it intentionally profiled groups that included the words “tea party” or “patriot” in their applications seeking tax-exempt status.
President Barack Obama announced Wednesday the resignation of acting IRS commissioner Steven Miller. In a tough week for the White House as it faces snooping allegations on Associated Press reporters and ways it handled the Benghazi terrorist attack, the firing was the administration’s initial response to the abuse of power by the IRS.
“I’ve reviewed the Treasury Department watchdog’s report, and the misconduct that it uncovered was inexcusable,” Obama said in a statement at the White House. “It’s inexcusable, and Americans are right to be angry about it, and I’m angry about it.”
Claiming he was “angry,” the president said the American people had the right to be angry as well and vowed to work with Congress to institute new safeguards.
“I will do everything in my power to make sure nothing like this happens again,” he said at the East Room of the White House.
Christian groups targeted
Not only did the IRS target conservative political groups, but the heightened scrutiny also included well-known Christian ministries.