Appearing on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" this morning, NBC News' Lisa Myers reported that the IRS chose not to reveal that it had audited groups with "Tea Party" and "patriot" in their names until after the 2012 presidential election (video below).
Acting IRS commissioner Steven Miller "has known for at least a year that this was going on and that this had happened," said Myers. "And did he share any of that information with the White House? But even more importantly, Congress is going to ask him, why did you mislead us for an entire year? Members of Congress were saying conservatives are being targeted. What's going on here? The IRS denied it."
"Then when, after these officials are briefed by the IG (Inspector General) that this is going on, they don't disclose it. In fact, the commissioner sent a letter to Congress in September on this subject and did not reveal this. Imagine if we, if you can, what would have happened if this fact came out in September 2012, in the middle of a presidential election? The terrain would have looked very different."
According to The Weekly Standard, Myers also suggested that Sarah Hall Ingram, who served as commissioner of the office responsible for tax-exempt organizations between 2009 and 2012 and is now the director of the IRS’ Affordable Care Act office, may lose her job soon.
Today, Miller claimed that he did not know who in the IRS was responsible for the targeting Tea Party groups (video below).
"I don’t have that name, sir,” Miller said in today’s House Ways and Means Committee hearing, per The National Review.