During the White House press briefing on Tuesday, Press Secretary Jay Carney informed the media that there were discussions between White House officials and the Internal Revenue Service regarding how they would present the news that conservative groups were targeted with excessive scrutiny. Carney confirmed that Deputy White House Chief of Staff Mark Childress interacted with officials in the Treasury Department and discussed the IRS scandal.
Carney told reporters on Tuesday that there was “discussion about the possibility of a speech” by Lois Lerner. Lerner, who oversaw the IRS department that dealt with applications for tax exempt status broke the news of the controversy during a news conference on May 10.
It has since been uncovered that Lerner’s admission that the IRS had been targeting conservative groups was elicited by a questioner who was planted in the audience. Outgoing acting IRS commissioner Steven Miller called that decision “an incredibly bad idea” in testimony before Congress.
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