(CNN) – Treasury Secretary Jack Lew requested - and has accepted - the resignation of the acting commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service in the wake of its handling of requests by conservative groups for tax-exempt status, President Barack Obama said Wednesday.
The "misconduct" detailed in a report about the IRS response to those requests is "inexcusable," he said.
"Americans have a right to be angry about it, and I am angry about it," he said.
He added his administration is working to enact "new safeguards to make sure that this kind of behavior cannot happen again."
Read IRS Acting Commissioner Steven Miller's resignation letter.
too bad... obama resigning would have helped this country far more.
but we still need to know exactly how far up the food chain this fiasco went. it went on for years and at several offices and it was known. the government must make sure none of these types of people are in the government, especially the irs.
What about you Mr. President, you are the "Boss" and are responsible for your employees!!!!! It is pretty sad when you can't believe a word the president said or any member of the government anymore!!!!
Why would anyone ina high position resign if it was only a couple of rouge employees?
Easy scapegoat. He was a temp appointment anyway.
... only to be replaced by another barack crony who is well versed in Chicago-style thug politics.
It is refreshing to hear an admimistration take responsibility for mistakes.
Why did he resign? What did the IRS do that was WRONG?
It sounds to me like the scrutinized BUT DID NOT INCORRECTLY DENY tax-expemt status to consevative groups.
I want the IRS to challenge sham organizations trying to exploit a tax free exemption. It sounds to me like they were doing there job. Now the appearance may be that "conservative" groups were unfairly targeted, but I don`t think so.
The number od PACs seeking this status skyrocketed in the wake of the Citizen`s United ruling and its no secret that the RIGHT was frothing at the mouth to find a way to defeat Mr. Obama. This hatred of the President is what drove the number of groups seeking the exepmtion up and this is why they were DISPROPORTIONATELY "conservative".
It seems to me the only thing the IRS employees did wrong was to use a whimsically-appearing standard to do something it should have done.
I hope there is a crackdown on these PACS. I`m willing to bet that "equal" rules will still hit "conservative" groups harder.
Another good soldier falls on his sword for the chosen one. Pathetic.
Does he really think TP conservatives will accept and love him for this? They'll no doubt continue in their self destructive, wicked, unAmerican ways of trying to "rid" us of this tyrant (Obama), by screaming gov'mint is taking away our "rits" and you better keep your ammo handy. Stay tuned.
Poor guy. He just took office in 2012. Another sham of a lie.