Breaking: Acting commissioner of IRS resigns, Obama says
May 15th, 2013
06:26 PM ET
10 years ago

Breaking: Acting commissioner of IRS resigns, Obama says

(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.

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  1. just sayin

    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.

    May 15, 2013 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  2. Me

    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!!!!

    May 15, 2013 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  3. Liberal Sense (Or lack thereof)

    Why would anyone ina high position resign if it was only a couple of rouge employees?

    May 15, 2013 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  4. Rick McDaniel

    Easy scapegoat. He was a temp appointment anyway.

    May 15, 2013 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  5. Richard Long

    ... only to be replaced by another barack crony who is well versed in Chicago-style thug politics.

    May 15, 2013 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  6. Denve Gallentine

    It is refreshing to hear an admimistration take responsibility for mistakes.

    May 15, 2013 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  7. The Elephant in the Room

    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.

    May 15, 2013 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  8. Ev. Duane Williams

    Another good soldier falls on his sword for the chosen one. Pathetic.

    May 15, 2013 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  9. Woman In California

    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.

    May 15, 2013 11:54 pm at 11:54 pm |
  10. allie c.

    Poor guy. He just took office in 2012. Another sham of a lie.

    May 16, 2013 01:12 am at 1:12 am |