Treasury Knew About IRS Inquiry in 2012: Inspector
J. Russell George says top Treasury officials were briefed
By Ruth Brown, Newser Staff
Posted May 17, 2013 6:04 PM CDT
J. Russell George, Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration listens at left as ousted IRS Chief Steve Miller testifies on Capitol Hill, in Washington.   (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

(Newser) – Here's your daily dose of IRS "cover up" outrage fodder: The Treasury Department’s inspector general says he told top Treasury officials about the IRS probe in 2012, the New York Times reports. J. Russell George told the Congressional hearing today that he informed both members of the House Ways and Means Committee and the Deputy Treasury Secretary about the allegations as part of a briefing, though not his conclusion that the targeting had been improper.

Meanwhile, Treasury Secretary Jack Lew said he learned about the investigation in mid-March this year—about half a month after he was sworn in—but that he didn't know the real details until last week, reports Bloomberg. "I didn’t know any of the details of it until last Friday," he told Bloomberg TV. "When I learned about it, from the moment I learned about it, I was outraged." He said he believes his predecessor Timothy Geithner received a similar "heads up," reports ABC News. "I have to assume [he knew], as I was aware of the fact of the matter being subject to a review," he said. "That’s very different from the substance of the findings."

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May 19, 2013 1:27 PM CDT
The comments below - particularly by backpath2... (sounds like a familiar variation to another sign-in name) -- you need to realize that the 14 colonies (one city was a colony of its own and was combined into the thirteen "first" states) were ONLY created into states by Continental Congress law! They did NOT just form into states on their own! States Rights comes from a Congressionally-approved process... it is CONGRESS that creates states and why the original U.S. Confederacy of 1778 became a FEDERATION.... the CENTRAL authority under our Constitution was vested into Congress as a representative of the people. Of course that format has gone awry even after out U.S. Civil War of renegade southern states who chose to disobey our nation's Constitution to return to a confederacy. It is Congress that created the legal mandate of creating each state with the requirement that so much land within a state must be reserved for the Federal Government, for education, for the legal system, for water wells, and so forth. States rights is ONLY applicable to those concerns that are not provisions by our Constitution but THAT can be changed by a Constitutional amendment. And there are the facts.
May 18, 2013 7:07 AM CDT
Behind the veil of power and immunity which it has constructed for itself, the Federal government has become a bloated and self-serving monster. The very idea that one bureau of the national government can investigate another, is laughable. Washington, D.C. has just served up another reason, if we needed one, to reassert states' rights, and limit the power of our central government. At this point, only a team of experienced criminal investigators from city and state police agencies would have the credibility and the motivation to clean out that snake pit. Unfortunately, Washington is immune from such a cleansing, and we can look forward to a dose of smoke and mirrors, followed by more outrages.
May 17, 2013 9:33 PM CDT
Barack Obama, meet accountability. It is an absolute shame that the first black President would be spring loaded to an ends-justify-the-means mentality with a vision of an Imperial Presidency as his ideal. It has permeated the entire Federal Government. The disclosures will go on and on for weeks and in the end, this sorry excuse for a President will suffer a political death-by-a-thousand-cuts. No celebration here - we all lose. When staying in power is more important that the good of the country and an "above the law" mentality rules, this is what you get. Thank you Chicago. The Daley school of corruption has made its mark.