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Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Obama: IRS Acting Commissioner Has Resigned

By Greg Richter

President Barack Obama announced Wednesday that the acting commissioner of the IRS has been asked to resign and has done so over the tax-collecting agency's recent admission it targeted conservative groups for extra scrutiny.

After reviewing the inspector general's report on Tuesday, Obama called the actions by IRS agents "inexcusable."

"The good news is, it's fixable," he said. "I'll do everything in my power to make sure nothing like this happens again."

"Americans are right to be angry about it, and I am angry about it," Obama said in a four-minute address from the East Room of the White House.

Obama said such actions would not be tolerated in any agency, "but especially in the IRS, given the power that it has and the reach that it has into all of our lives."

Treasury Secretary Jack Lew was tasked with finding out who the responsible parties are, Obama said, and on Wednesday he asked for and accepted the resignation of acting IRS Commissioner Steven Miller.

"Given the controversy surrounding this audit it's important to institute new leadership that can help restore confidence going forward," he said.

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