Tags: baucus | miller | irs

Baucus Tells IRS's Miller: 'You've Got a Big Problem'

Wednesday, 15 May 2013 09:22 AM

By Lisa Barron

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
The Senate Finance Committee will launch an investigation into the Internal Revenue Service targeting of tea party and other conservative groups, committee Chairman Max Baucus told acting IRS Commissioner Steven Miller Tuesday.

"I was very firm, and I said it looks like you've got a big problem," Baucus said he told Miller.

According to Politico, the Montana Democrat also told the embattled director that "there's still a lot not known, and we need to get to the bottom of this thing."

Baucus was the first lawmaker to meet with Miller following last week's revelations that since 2010, IRS employees have targeted conservative groups seeking tax-exempt status by using difficult screening measures that went beyond the normal IRS questioning process.

According to news reports and a report by the agency's inspector general, IRS agents in Cincinnati singled out groups with the words "tea party" or "patriot" in their names for additional scrutiny.

Some lawmakers have called on President Barack Obama to fire Miller, saying that he lied about the targeting effort during an appearance before Congress a year ago and repeatedly ignored congressional requests for information about whether conservative groups were being singled out.

Utah GOP Sen. Orrin Hatch told reporters Tuesday he believes Miller "purposefully misled" him by not revealing the targeting effort to lawmakers.

Baucus did not say after his hour-long meeting with Miller whether he would pursue his resignation.

“I want to see all of the evidence first. I want to see the report,” he said, referring to the inspector general's report.

“This is early; I want to make sure I know what I’m doing. I want to know the facts,” he added.

For his part, Miller told reporters after the meeting that he is "open to talking to anybody and being as honest as we can."

© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Retype Email:
Country
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
 
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
Top Stories
You May Also Like

Google Building Fleet of Package-Delivering Drones

Thursday, 28 Aug 2014 23:16 PM

Google's secretive research laboratory is trying to build a fleet of drones designed to bypass earthbound traffic so pac . . .

GOP Slams Obama on ISIS: 'He Has Never Had a Good Strategy'

Thursday, 28 Aug 2014 20:52 PM

Republicans slammed President Barack Obama's admission Thursday that "we don't have a strategy yet" for battling the Isl . . .

Top Republicans Seek Strong Response to Russia in Ukraine

Thursday, 28 Aug 2014 22:40 PM

President Barack Obama on Thursday dodged the issue of whether Russia had invaded Ukraine, as top Republicans called for . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, NewsmaxWorld, NewsmaxHealth, are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved