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We're sorry that's the IRS is saying to conservative groups and Tea Party members after admitting it was quote inappropriate.
To target those political groups during the 2012 election.
The IRS singling out dozens of organizations to see if they were guilty of violating attack -- status.
Some Tea Party groups are staying -- apology is enough.
And now congress is calling for an investigation.
-- Hamburg is joining us now with more on the story.
Hi -- yes why Republicans are joining the chorus calling for an investigation into why this happened.
Why the IRS singled out various conservative political groups for extra scrutiny during the 2012 election year.
As these groups applied for tax exempt status.
Just because they had words like quote Tea Party -- quote patriots in their name.
Some groups have been waiting for years for that tax exempt status to be granted at the IRS investigated them.
-- -- who heads the IRS division that oversees tax exempt group.
Says it was simply a way I'll -- -- an inappropriate way to categorize groups applying for this kind of tax exempt status.
And it there was not quote any political bias going on.
That was wrong that.
Absolutely incorrect is insensitive and it was inappropriate.
That's not how we go about selecting cases for further review.
Groups can apply for this 501 C four status even if their political advocacy groups as -- political advocacy is not their primary mission.
Tea Party leaders say an apology is not enough and now members of congress such as Republican congressman Darrell ice up.
And Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell want the Obama administration to show that this will not happen again.
McConnell said in a statement he wants the White House quote to conduct a transparent.
Government wide review aimed at assuring the American people that these.
Thuggish practices are not under -- at the IRS or elsewhere in the administration against anyone regardless of their political views.
White House spokesman Jay Carney says it -- targeting didn't take place says the IRS says it did the president would want the matter to be quote fairly.
And Molly thank you very much so with conservatives condemning the IRS for what they're calling unlawful harassment some Tea Party leaders are refusing.
To accept the tax agencies apology the co-founder of the Tea Party -- patriots and Jenny Beth Martin as saying.
The IRS -- actions that reaches it was.
A new low in illegal government activity she joins us now thank you so much for being here.
-- -- -- -- I -- very angry and says over what you believe it clear.
Side of abuse by government power since you believe that the -- tried to block your ability -- exercise your.
-- first amendment rights do you think there was political pressure on the IRS to target conservative groups like yours.
I don't know if there was or not they live last year when they said they were -- discriminating against -- clearly they work.
And I think we need to have an investigation to see how far this runs and if there's another cover up going on.
When you say they allegedly lied it last year you're saying that questions were raised back banned by some groups that they felt they were being harassed by the IRS correct.
Yes that's currently there are groups although all over the country from California to New Mexico Texas South Carolina Georgia.
And Ohio groups all over the country coast to coast.
There were having issues with the IRS.
And we raise questions and are you doing this simply because we're Tea Party -- And they denied it and say that absolutely was not happening.
Now yesterday they apologize -- admit that they get it an apology simply is not enough.
We need to find out exactly what happened and how we can prevent this from happening again the IRS is not a political weapon.
A big question that's been raised right now all of right now was it was anyone in the White House -- -- the Democratic Party who.
Got in touch with the I -- to get this done.
What do you think.
There there's questions are ones that we need to have answered I don't know if that happened or not it.
Right now we just seem to find out exactly how far -- -- with the IRS and how far up that if the chain -- when I find it very difficult to believe.
And that only a few low level employees and Cincinnati Ohio.
We're able to affect this many groups around the country from coast to coast without some sort of managerial supervision happening.
Now are you one of those who believes that this action it extends beyond the politics.
That was actually going on is violating the public trust.
It's violating the -- public trust in -- violating our first amendment rights.
When the iris came back and started questioning us in the in built in late 2011 in early 2012.
My -- applied for 501 C four status in 2009.
We've never had a definitive answer and we applied for 501 C three status in 2010.
They -- it every single FaceBook posts and comment on our FaceBook page every email we sent in the names of any congressman or senator.
Worst staffers that are supporters from around the country talked to you it's a complete violation of our first amendment rights we have the right to talk term congressman and senators.
As citizens in the IRS doesn't need to be asking for -- that much information from us.
I know you're calling for a folks need -- focus investigation and you're demanding the resignations of anyone who is part of -- targeted effort to go after conservative groups.
But right now we still don't know who the people are.
And we don't know who they are and yesterday AN the attorney for the IRS indicated there may.
That there wasn't going to be any any action taken against the employees and then they came back and -- well maybe they they just wouldn't comment on it.
These people either need to be terminated or they need to resign.
It's a clear abuse of power unelected public servants are supposed to serve.
Our our -- our citizenry.
In the they -- he -- rulers and charge of their little kingdom.
This is not how America works we don't have meetings we don't have rulers we have elected representatives.
And public servants.
-- -- Martin thank you so much for your comments appreciate it.
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