The head of the US tax agency has quit after it emerged his staff singled out conservative groups for extra scrutiny, President Barack Obama has announced.
Treasury Secretary Jack Lew had asked for and accepted the resignation of Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Acting Commissioner Steve Miller, he said.
“I will do everything in my power to make sure nothing like this happens again,” Mr Obama told news media.
The scandal has been one of several to rattle the White House in recent days.
Earlier on Wednesday, US Attorney General Eric Holder faced four hours of questioning at a Congressional hearing on the IRS, the secret seizure of phone records from the Associated Press news agency, and the attack on the US consulate in the Libyan city of Benghazi.
Mr Holder told the House judiciary committee that it would take time for the FBI to determine if any laws had been broken by IRS personnel…
Senior IRS officials told the watchdog that the decision to focus on conservative groups had not been influenced by any individual or organisation outside the agency.
Some Republicans, including two high-profile governors, have called for a special prosecutor to investigate.
House Speaker John Boehner told reporters earlier on Wednesday: “My question is, who’s going to jail over this scandal?”
At least three Congressional panels are planning hearings, and House oversight committee chairman Representative Darrell Issa said he had asked five mid-level IRS employees be made available for questioning.
- BBC News
For more background on how American charity law has been mis-managed by the IRS and electoral donation rules flagrantly abused by political groups, see this excellent piece in The Washington Post.
H/T: Skepticlawyer via facebook.
(This is also the weekend chit-chat post…)