Republicans Call IRS Targeting Of Tea Party Groups Chilling

WASHINGTON (May 12, 2013)—The revelation that the Internal Revenue Service targeted conservative groups for tougher scrutiny during the 2012 election "should send a chill up your spine,” U.S. Rep Mike Rogers, R-Mich., told Fox News.

Rogers said it's "as dangerous a problem the government can have."

He said he doesn't know "where it stops or who is involved."

The IRS blamed low-level employees, and apologized for what it called the "inappropriate" targeting of conservative groups during the 2012 election, but U.S. Sen.. Susan Collins, R-Maine, said she "doesn't buy that."

She said if it had just been a few employees, then higher-level supervisors "would have rushed to make this public, fired the employees involved, apologized to the American people and informed Congress."

She said none of that happened "in a timely way."

Collins told CNN that she's disappointed that President Barack Obama "hasn't personally condemned this."

According to a draft of a watchdog's report that is to be released in the coming days, senior IRS officials knew that agents were targeting tea party groups as early as 2011.

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