Obama calls reports of IRS targeting 'outrageous'
May 13th, 2013
11:58 AM ET
2 years ago

Obama calls reports of IRS targeting 'outrageous'

(CNN) - "If in fact IRS personnel engaged in the kind of practices that have been reported on and were intentionally targeting conservative groups, then that's outrageous and there's no place for it - and they have to be held fully accountable," President Barack Obama said Monday.

Obama said he learned of allegations that the IRS targeted conservative groups through news reports on Friday.


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  1. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    Tax evaders need to be held accountable Mr. President. Still got love for ya though.

    May 13, 2013 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  2. Thomas

    None profit , for profit !

    May 13, 2013 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  3. Rick McDaniel

    People in his administration are responsible for that. he knows that to be the case, also, and he is simply trying to distance himself from the fallout. Remember, it is NEVER "his fault".

    May 13, 2013 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  4. Hammerer

    Which of Obama's appointees was responsible for the IRS?
    The Turbo Tax Whiz!

    May 13, 2013 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  5. Rudy NYC

    But what if they were targeting conservative groups in order to expedite their approvals in time for the 2012 campaign season?

    May 13, 2013 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  6. much thunder..little rain

    sounds like something nixon would do..

    May 13, 2013 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  7. truth hurts but reality bites

    Why should ANY of this be a surprise to people? Obama and his administration has REPEATEDLY used the power of the federal government to target people, states and organizations that it did not agree with it. All while the Obama adminstration has openly refused to enforce this nations laws in so many areas but especially with regards to illegal immigration. Obama has created the climate where others now think that they can do the same thing, openly target opponents, while letting clear law breakers go free (ie. New Black Panthers). Yes, this IS OBAMA'S FAULT. The fish rots from the head as they say.

    May 13, 2013 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  8. Rudy NYC

    Hammerer

    Which of Obama's appointees was responsible for the IRS?
    The Turbo Tax Whiz!
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    Which of Pres. Obama's appointees? None. The agency was being run by a Bush appointee at the time. And, I think they were expediting the applications submitted by conservative groups. 100% of them were approved. Isn't that odd? Not a single one was declined.

    May 13, 2013 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  9. Larry L

    @Rick McDaniel

    I see you're working on yet another moronic conspiracy. As we all know the President directly manages every official in every agency of the federal government – plus some secret societies overseas. As a Muslim, socialist from Kenya working with the United Nations to confiscate your guns and give them to minorities he certainly has a full plate. I remember when he manipulated the weather to supress conservative voting in the Southern States... He's also going to require that we all become gay and marry somebody of the same gender. Please keep us informed on all of these stories "you won't hear from the liberal media".

    Could it be that those charged to catch tax cheats go after organizations who parade around with signs trashing the tax system? Do you think those disgruntled "self-proclaimed patriots" might be more prone to cheat? It a group was advertising support for terrorism think the F.B.I. might take a harder look at them?

    May 13, 2013 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  10. Larry L

    @truth hurts but reality bites

    Why should ANY of this be a surprise to people? Obama and his administration has REPEATEDLY used the power of the federal government to target people, states and organizations that it did not agree with it.
    ====================
    Look up the "Halliburton Loophole" and you'll what misuse of the federal government is all about.

    May 13, 2013 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  11. just sayin

    "If in fact IRS personnel engaged in the kind of practices that have been reported on and were intentionally targeting conservative groups, then that's outrageous and there's no place for it – and they have to be held fully accountable," President Barack Obama said Monday.
    --

    translation: they will be scolded for getting caught then promoted to head other obama organizations after being retrained to not get caught the next time. just the like incompetents involved with benghazi, well all except obama and clinton.

    May 13, 2013 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  12. Hammerer

    Rudy NYC; none ?

    You claim to be an expert on the government. Which Secretary in Obama's cabinet has the responsibility of the IRS and what was his name? Hint: first name Tim.

    May 13, 2013 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  13. just sayin

    and now remember that this is the same government that wants to create a huge database for all fire arm sales. which of course won't be misused to to target people! not trust our federal government? damn right! our founding fathers warned us about this and it looks like it is starting to come true.

    May 13, 2013 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  14. Liberal Sense (Or lack thereof)

    Typical response from someone caught with their hand in the cookie jar.

    May 13, 2013 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  15. Liberal Sense (Or lack thereof)

    And the IRS will be implementing the ObamaCare tax?

    No one can help us now.

    May 13, 2013 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  16. Donna

    1.He has, acting personally and through his subordinates and agents, endeavoured to obtain from the Internal Revenue Service, in violation of the constitutional rights of citizens, confidential information contained in income tax returns for purposed not authorized by law, and to cause, in violation of the constitutional rights of citizens, income tax audits or other income tax investigations to be intitiated or conducted in a discriminatory manner.
    --–

    For all the Obama clones pooh poohing this issue, the statement above is from the articles of impeachment of Richard Nixon. This type of thing is as bad as it gets when it comes to undermining the peoples faith and trust in their government.

    To think that groups with the word "patriot" was targetted has our Founding Fathers are rolling over in their graves. Welcome to leftist America. Hugo Chavez lives on in the White House.

    May 13, 2013 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  17. Name lynn

    The people is talking bad about obama, while the irs stole the people money. Someone got angry an told on the irs, the irs is smart they let the people focus on obama while they stole, what away to go people.

    May 13, 2013 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  18. c

    just sayin

    and now remember that this is the same government that wants to create a huge database for all fire arm sales
    -

    No, they don't. The background check law that was just voted on expressly prohibited that.

    May 13, 2013 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  19. orders to IRS from how high-up...?

    The highest orders are always from the WH.......Where else...?

    May 13, 2013 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  20. just sayin

    c
    just sayin
    and now remember that this is the same government that wants to create a huge database for all fire arm sales

    No, they don't. The background check law that was just voted on expressly prohibited that.
    -–

    and the laws expressly prohibit what the irs was doing. thanks for making my point. laws only have meaning when there is a government that enforces them equally. obama has shown that he will do whatever he wants without regard for the laws of the land, thus the problem.

    May 13, 2013 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |