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Obama says he knew nothing about IRS problems



This news story was published on May 17, 2013.
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WASHINGTON, May 16 (UPI) — U.S. President Obama said Thursday he first learned about problems in the Internal Revenue Service when an inspector general’s report was leaked to the media.

The president also brushed off the suggestion of a special counsel, saying investigations by the U.S. Justice Department, the IRS Inspector General’s Office and Congress should do the job.

The IG report in April said IRS employees in branch offices appeared to single out Tea Party and other conservative groups for investigation when they applied for non-political status under the Tax Code.

“I can assure you that I certainly did not know anything before the IG report was leaked to the press,” Obama said.

“My main concern is fixing the problem, and we began that process yesterday by accepting” the resignation of the acting IRS chief.

“It is just unacceptable that there should be a hint of” politics in how the IRS conducts business, Obama said

Obama said the administration was going to “work with Congress to make sure we know what happened.”

The president cited the multiple investigations and said “between those investigations we’re going to find out what went wrong. … I think we’re going to be able to fix it.”

Obama appeared at a joint White House news conference with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Copyright 2013 United Press International, Inc. (UPI).

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6 Responses to Obama says he knew nothing about IRS problems

  1. Buzz Crumcutter Reply Report comment

    May 23, 2013 at 4:48 pm

    Ha! If you believe that, you will also believe that his administration will be open, honest and transparent too.

    • LBS Reply Report comment

      May 23, 2013 at 4:51 pm

      But, he learned it from Bush…

      • LVS Reply Report comment

        May 23, 2013 at 6:54 pm

        Typical Liberal B.S. Blame Bush because Obama is a slimeball. It is just getting damn old in a hurry. Bush has nothing to do with Obama’s crooked politics. It is time you owned up to it. It is just now starting to become knowledge but watch out. More is coming.

  2. maybe Reply Report comment

    May 23, 2013 at 4:36 pm

    even his own lapdogs at MSNBC say he runs the IRS, therefore he should know whats going on. Like I’ve said before, ignorance only goes so far before it becomes stupidity.

  3. LBS Reply Report comment

    May 23, 2013 at 4:22 pm

    He learned it from Bush

  4. Allen Reply Report comment

    May 23, 2013 at 4:07 pm

    The best plan is to just play dumb…er