May 21st, 2013
11:50 AM ET
2 years ago

Former IRS chief says he lacked details, acted properly on targeting

Washington (CNN) - The former head of the IRS said Tuesday that he was aware of some aspects of his agency's targeting of conservative groups in the spring of 2012, and took what he called the correct action of ensuring that the inspector general for the agency looked into it.

However, Douglas Shulman denied full awareness of what was happening at the time, saying subordinated failed to inform him of the details.

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

    "I didn't know the scope and the severity of this,"
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    And that is why you are out of a job. You should have stopped it when you first learned of it. Period!

    May 21, 2013 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  2. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    Let's see...The IRS is supposed to investigate tax fraud. Does the GOP and Tea Party not want this?

    May 21, 2013 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  3. just sayin

    Republicans contend the controversy is part of a pattern of a White House gone wild, while Democrats insist that what happened - while unacceptable - was initiated within the IRS instead of being a practice called for or supported by Obama.
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    unless of course you totally ignore all of the letters democrats were sending to the irs complaining about these groups and asking they be investigated. and of course obama and his merry band of leftists running around the country attacking them with the aid of the lsm. the usual leftwing attack strategies now taken root in the irs at the behest and encouragement of democrat leaders at severla levels.

    May 21, 2013 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  4. PJ

    Shulman – Typical CYA comments. Issa is so proud.

    May 21, 2013 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  5. Jim

    Think about it......... do you really think Benghazi, the AP probe, and the IRS scandal are just coincidences?...........or is there a much bigger issue to all these.............that issue being that this President is not the leader we really need, but in fact, a Chicago politician bent on imposing his agenda, at any cost.............lie after lie after lie...........He only cares
    about his legacy, nothing more.............If we're lucky the Republicans in the House can hold off for another 3 years............or else.......

    May 21, 2013 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  6. Rudy NYC

    from the article:

    Meanwhile, a Northern California tea party group has filed the first lawsuit against the U.S. government stemming from the IRS targeting. The group, NorCal Tea Party Patriots, alleged violations under the Privacy Act as well as violations of its constitutional rights guaranteeing free expression and equal protection under the law.
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    With a name like that, no wonder they came under closer scrutiny.
    Liberals pick sensible sounding, benign names like, TheRentIsTooDamHigh Party.

    May 21, 2013 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  7. DumbasRocks [R]s

    Again, I'd like to congratulate the IRS for doing its JOB!!!, and scouring out from the tax-exempt lists those rightwing organizations that are a front for [R] political activity.

    This is the SAME scrutiny that my CHURCH receives from the IRS, and that my ENVIRONMENTAL and other NON-PROFIT groups recieve from the IRS.

    I have no problem with this scrutiny; but it seems like all the painty-waiste rightwing drama queens can't handle it at all......just like a bunch of middle-school girls, they are having one of their partisan, party-first COWS over this.

    May 21, 2013 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  8. Rick McDaniel

    That is the sorriest excuse I have ever heard, and I wouldn't believe a word of it.

    May 21, 2013 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  9. Rudy NYC

    just sayin wrote:

    ... ... unless of course you totally ignore all of the letters democrats were sending to the irs complaining about these groups and asking they be investigated. ... ...
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    The big hole in that conspiracy theory is that how can democrats send letters about these groups when they weren't even officially, or actually, in existence yet.

    No, it happened the way the former commissioner describes it. Someone was looking to find a shortcut to selecting their workload. The actual result is that the conservative groups were evaluated SOONER than what they normally would have been.

    At issue, is the fact that most of the groups WERE in political groups in spirit and in fact. Some group called "NorCal Tea Party Patriots" has filed a suit against the IRS. With a name like that, they should have gotten extra scrutiny.

    May 21, 2013 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  10. DumbasRocks [R]s

    Hey Jim, did you ever consider your so-called "coincidence" from the other point of view? Well, of course not....you are, afterall, one of the senseless drama queens.

    How about this perspective:
    Think about it......... do you really think Benghazi, the AP probe, and the IRS scandal are just coincidences?...........or is there a much bigger issue to all these.............that issue being that the [R] party is not looking out for the good of this country, but in fact, is merely bent on imposing its agenda, at any cost.............lie after lie after lie...........They only care
    about their ideological legacy, nothing more.............If we're lucky the President will politically beat them about the head ears, as he has already done, for another 3 years............or else.......

    Alpha-moron!!!!

    May 21, 2013 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  11. Thomas

    @Jim
    Think about it......... do you really think Benghazi, the AP probe, and the IRS scandal are just coincidences?.

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    Coincidences ?
    No , not at all Jim , it's the GOP right wing nut jobs that do nothing but thrive on obstruction and division .

    You and your team tried to make Obama a one term president , you failed !

    Stop stonewalling and get some work done !

    May 21, 2013 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  12. Patrick in Minnesota

    A tea party group asking for non-profit status, a status that is strictly reserved for organizations with non-political missions. Yea right. This is sketchier than half the things they accuse Obama of doing. Every one of them deserved to be scrutinized and thank God none of them went through. It's just the IRS doing their job.

    May 21, 2013 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  13. The REAL Truth...

    @just sayin – unless of course you totally ignore all of the letters democrats were sending to the irs complaining about these groups and asking they be investigated.
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    ROFLAMAO – can you say grasping at straws. Like the Republican head of the IRS was going to pay any attention to Dem demands. They SHOULD have been investigated. We all know that obtaining tax-exempt status was NEVER the goal with these organizations, they coudl get that anytime as a 527 org. They were pushing the envelope to obtain the 501(c)3 status that prevented them from reporting their DONORS to the IRS. As such, they SHOULD have had the scrutiny by the IRS.. It's their job to ensure no political activity occurs with that type of exemption.

    May 21, 2013 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  14. Borderless

    After Hurricane Katrina hit, FEMA was sluggish to respond causing a maelstrom of hate to be unleashed on Bush. Citizens, the press, and politicians asserted that as President, he bore the ultimate responsibility for it. IRS, Benghazi and DOJ scandals are Obama's Katrina. We can and must hold him accountable. He should take responsibility. Worst, most corrupt president ever.

    May 21, 2013 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  15. The REAL Truth...

    @Rick McDaniel – That is the sorriest excuse I have ever heard, and I wouldn't believe a word of it.
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    You are aware that Doug Shulman, the head of the IRS at the time these events were happening (and reported on) is a Republican appointed by Dubya, right??

    His statement basically exonerates Obama from all blame. The right says he he has no idea of what is going on in his administration, yet the Republican former-head of the IRS (a VERY much smaller organization) states he had no knowledge of the events. And that is OK?? Talk about hypocrisy!

    May 21, 2013 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |