NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — President Barack Obama faced tough questions Thursday about the scandal at the Internal Revenue Service.
He’s appointing a new boss at the tax agency and Friday the ex-boss will face tough questions on Capitol Hill, CBS 2’s Marcia Kramer reported.
It could be a grilling to remember.
Steven Miller, axed by the president as acting IRS chief, is scheduled to testify about how the powerful tax agency improperly targeted conservative groups like the Tea Party.
“I want to know how this happened, who was responsible for it,” House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said Thursday. “Somebody made a decision to do this and I doubt that it was some low-level employees in the Cincinnati field office.”
A trifecta of scandals has enveloped the White House — from the response to the Benghazi attack in Libya to the seizure of Associated Press phone records in a leak investigation to the IRS improperly targeting conservative groups for special scrutiny. Late Thursday afternoon came word that a second top IRS official announced plans to quit the scandal-plagued agency.
Chopping off the head of the IRS boss isn’t likely to quell the outcry, CBS 2’s Kramer reported. There are demands to know the involvement, if any, of the president, his aides, even the people working on his re-election campaign.
“That goes all the way up to the White House. We need to know what the White House knew and when they knew it,” said Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.)
Congressman Bill Pascrell (D-N.J.) sits on the powerful House Ways and Means Committee. He defended the IRS as an institution.
“I know a lot of the IRS people,” Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-N.J.) told WCBS 880’s Steve Scott. “They’re basically hard-working people and I just hope that they’re not tainted by a few jerks who thought they were going to take the law into their hands, who broke the law — there’s no two ways about this — and should be punished.”