GOP report: Top IRS official considered admitting targeting before 2012 election — but didn’t

December 23, 2014

A top IRS official considered going public with the agency’s targeting of conservative groups at a hearing just months before the 2012 presidential election but ultimately decided against revealing the bombshell news, according to a new report from a GOP-led House committee.

Then-Deputy Commissioner Steven Miller wrote in an email in June 2012, about a month before a House Ways and Means subcommittee hearing, that he was weighing whether to testify to “put a stake” in the “c4” issue — apparently a reference to allegations about politics playing a role in the agency’s denial of tax-exempt, 501(c)(4) status to conservative-leaning groups.

“I am beginning to wonder whether I should do [the hearing] and affirmatively use it to put a stake in politics and c4,” Miller told his chief of staff, Nikole Flax, in a June 2012 email obtained by the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.

2 Comments - what are your thoughts?

  • Lee Flowers says:

    Personally I don’t think any of us know everything Congress members know about what or how the IRS targeted certain groups of people to even comment on “news reporting”.

  • I Seigel says:

    This has to be the WORST example of “news” reporting that I have ever seen.

    When the guy was quoted as “putting a stake in c4”, he meant driving a stake thru its heart. That is to say, killing it. Not admitting anything!

    The latest report out today, Dec 23, is that Rep Issa’s committe found NO link between the WH and the IRS in this matter. Now what? More taxpayer money wasted for yet another investigation?

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