Lawmakers on both sides of the political aisle hope congressional investigations and a Justice Department probe will get to the bottom of who at the Internal Revenue Service was behind targeting conservative groups for scrutiny. U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) hopes a look into the IRS will flush out who was behind singling out Tea Party organizations that were investigated after filing for tax-exempt status.
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“Heads have rolled, perhaps more will,” Durbin said. “At the end of the day let’s make sure the laws are followed by everybody, left, right and center, but you should never target one group on the political spectrum to enforce the law.” Both Republican and Democratic lawmakers say they should have been alerted by IRS officials when it was discovered that examiners were singling out Tea Party organizations for scrutiny when those organizations applied for tax-exempt status.
U.S. Rep Aaron Schock (R-Peoria) agrees with Durbin, that those responsible must be held accountable. “The only people whose heads have rolled, the only people who have been held accountable are clearly the people who are not practicing this behavior,” Schock said. “Certainly the acting commissioner was not the person who was targeting these people. He himself said he knew nothing about it.”
The former head of the IRS, who resigned under pressure, says the actions stemmed from poor management rather than partisan desires.