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.