IRS Chief Blames 'Foolish Mistakes', Not Politics
Outgoing Steven Miller apologizes at congressional hearing
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted May 17, 2013 9:51 AM CDT
Ousted IRS chief Steven Miller testifies on Capitol Hill Friday.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

(Newser) – The outgoing chief of the IRS visited Capitol Hill today to take his lumps over the way his agents gave extra scrutiny to conservative groups, reports the Hill. Steven Miller said the "American public deserve better," but insisted that no sinister political motives were at play:

  • "I want to apologize on behalf of the Internal Revenue Services for the mistakes that were made," Miller said in his opening statement to the House Ways and Means Committee. "I do not believe partisanship motivated the practices described. ... Foolish mistakes were made by people trying to be more efficient."

The panel's Republican chairman, Dave Camp, opened with a sharp attack, reports Politico. “Despite a two-year-long investigation by this committee, the IRS never told the American people or their representatives about this simple truth,” he said. “That isn’t being misleading; that is lying.” Miller, whose resignation takes effect next month, insisted he never misled Congress. President Obama already has picked his replacement.

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May 18, 2013 2:21 PM CDT
I watched a bunch of this live. Steven Miller is a weasel at best, not to mention arrogant. But hey, Washington pretty much never punishes anyone on the inside so no need to be contrite.
May 18, 2013 5:03 AM CDT
Every President for the past 50 years has used the IRS too look into people or groups that they felt was 'out to get them'. It was a way to get leverage on that person or group. As for President Obama to say that he had no idea this was going on I find very hard to fathom. After all, who appoints the head of the IRS? It is not an elected office and as leader of his party and people who he appointed to head those departments, he is tobe held accountable. As a former President once said, "I'm the President and the Buck stops here". So why not just stand-up and say, "Hay, it happened. I didn't approve it but it happened and the person or persons that did this will be delt with and as the person who appointed them, I take the blame. After all I am the President and 'the buck stops here' ".
May 18, 2013 4:27 AM CDT
Failure to tell the truth is a lie.