Obama: Acting IRS Commissioner Is Out

WASHINGTON (May 15, 2013)—Steven Miller, the acting commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service, has submitted his resignation after an investigation found the agency improperly targeted conservative groups, President Barack Obama said Wednesday evening.

Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew requested Miller's resignation, Mr. Obama said.

Mr. Obama said the agency’s conduct was inexcusable, and said he's angry about it.

He insisted that safeguards be put in place to prevent recurrence of improper actions.

Mr. Obama has been under pressure to act in the aftermath of acknowledgement by top IRS officials that conservative groups were improperly singled out.

An investigation by a Treasury inspector general found that the IRS used inappropriate criteria that identified for review tea party and other conservative groups that were seeking tax exempt status.

Mr. Obama spoke from the White House East Room after conferring with Lew and his top deputy.

The president said he would answer questions about the matter at a news conference tomorrow.

Meanwhile Wednesday, under mounting pressure, Mr. Obama released a trove of documents related to the Benghazi attack.

The White House also asked Congress to revive a media shield law that would protect journalists from having to reveal information.

The step appears to be a response to the Justice Department’s subpoenas of phone records from reporters and editors at The Associated Press.

The flurry of activity signaled a White House anxious to regain control amid the trio of deepening controversies.


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