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This is a Fox -- alerted President Obama now admitting the IRS targeted conservative groups just moments ago the president issued a statement saying.
He has just review the Treasury Department watchdog report any calls the findings quote intolerable and inexcusable.
President Obama also stay in that those responsible will be held accountable rid -- much more on his breaking news in a minute but.
First the -- is the collection agency of the status.
But clearly we've always started threat to the surface of the scandal and the iron RTS is the collection agency of socialism.
Can you say categorically that nobody at the White House and nobody on the president's.
-- team had any knowledge or was involved anyway in the targeting Tea Party groups play yes.
This is going to hit a nerve.
With the increasing.
Numbers of people in the public.
Because this is something people account they can identify with people understand this if there was specific deliberate targeting of the conservative groups -- -- Inappropriately.
He would be out there is no single agency in government -- that's the power.
That the IRS had some.
They can destroy people.
This is an agency that can create more fear in the hearts of people than any other agency.
Anybody -- was aware.
And I approve of targeting people for their political beliefs and stage needs to be fired never in this position again and made an example -- Can you give us assurances that the IRS is not targeting particular groups based on political leanings yes.
I can give you assurances we pride ourselves on being -- non.
Political nonpartisan organization.
That there's absolutely no targeting this one is easily understandable.
The IR -- targeting -- people suspect this anyway now this is confirmation of that.
And tonight -- -- hearing from people who say they were targeted by the IRS the Richmond Tea Party says it was subjected to a grueling inquisition after applying for tax exempt status.
Richmond Tea Party executive director Larry ignored big giants is nice to see Larry I thanks for having me on -- -- retarded.
Absolutely we -- targeted and it feels kind of creepy to be on somebody's -- less than especially when it's the government.
President is now admitted tonight he used if the last couple days as as his Press Secretary but I he says.
That it did happen he admits it does that make you feel any better well.
It doesn't make us feel better but it makes us feel vindicated.
You know a year or year and a half ago we were saying that.
We felt this was a problem and I guess we get to say I told you so but that doesn't really make us feel any better.
If you really got big questionnaire.
That they may be -- tell the -- -- what happened applied for tax exempt status of what happened yes we do we apply before tax exempt status in.
December of 09.
We did not receive that until July of 2012.
So just last summer -- it -- it -- -- two and a half years almost two -- to get a questionnaire.
What happened in between them well actually it took about a year before we got our first seventeen questions and those were fairly benign and you.
I guess the organization I'm speaking for thought that it would be six months to a year to to get -- tax exempt status.
Our first red flag was it began to take significantly longer.
And then we got hit a year later with another set of questions total of about 55 -- each question had multiple parts bullets -- it.
And those questions were way outside the bounds of what the government should be asking and that -- like what.
OK for example they wanted to know from information about our members.
Who they associated -- Today you were really alarms me the most I think is.
They wanted to do our donors names.
Personal information about them they wanted to know whether they were going to run for office or have ever run for office.
-- the whole point behind getting up 501 C four tax exempt.
-- so that donors can donate anonymously.
There's a lot of people that don't want their names attached to a political organization when they give money.
And what impact this had on the Richmond Tea Party was people were afraid to give money and that directly impacts our operation.
According dealing with -- with -- Cincinnati office or -- -- we're dealing -- yet the.
These signatures on the bottom of the page -- the specialists that works for the nonprofit groups.
And so it was just two fairly low level specialists in Cincinnati that are on the paperwork that's who we -- Did any reason to believe -- are you suspicious that went beyond these specialist absolutely.
These suspicion comes from I just don't believe any body could go -- in -- cubicle in Cincinnati.
And control -- targeting of so many different conservative groups all across the country.
To me in my -- pretty obvious this was coordinated from.
If you if you heard that analogy to -- you heard a bunch a liberal groups get the same -- -- that make it easier to -- weren't targeted adamantly I have no information that that happened but.
Well you know actually I think I've been hearing that that did happen.
Not that long ago even.
You know the point here today is.
Is this is an issue for all Americans this is not just a right or left or center issue.
As a matter of fact -- we've been so divided lately as a country.
I look at this is an opportunity.
Four groups to come together all you have to do is replace your name.
Or let's say the -- green or justice or progressive instead of Tea Party and feel how would you like to be targeted by the IRS and have your paperwork slowed down for two and a half years I think anybody wants that.
Pop -- apart pretty -- trying to join the Tea Party re ever like you were involved in -- -- like arrested for protest -- -- terrorism threats -- like -- did the killer by you that that would make the IRS sick.
Why take another look at you worry just as a so just something you start doing a couple years ago.
No I mean you know five years ago I could -- his -- IRS.
This I've been politically active.
Only in the last couple of years.
Like a lot of Americans are really really.
Concern for the direction the country I think we're way off on the wrong track and we need to get back to limited constitution limited government.
Some free market prosperity and the purpose of the government -- to protect our rights and our rights to life liberty and property and one there instead.
Coming after us in a very very.
Oh tyrannical way when -- say.
Larry thank you nice -- -- sir good luck sir thank you.
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