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Many Americans feel that this fight the official story Washington higher ups were behind the IRS targeting of conservative groups.
Two thirds of those interviewed in our new Fox News polls.
Feel that way just -- 3% accept the idea that lower level staff of the IRS.
Were responsible solely tonight chief national correspondent Jim Angle looks at the timeline of what happened.
Months before the 2010 elections the IRS started throwing up obstacles to conservative groups applying for tax exempt status.
Closely investigating groups -- Tea Party patriot or other keywords in their names.
By July 22 and the -- in charge of tax exempt designations was -- quote to be on the lookout for Tea Party applications.
And at the same time President Obama was criticizing conservative groups but -- already had taxes and state.
-- attack ads run by shadowy groups with harmless sounding names.
We don't know who's behind these ads -- we don't know who's paying for a month later the president was even more pointed it is the most insidious power program.
Since the monopolies the gilded -- -- month after that that's even harsher terms this is not just a threat to war to -- -- is a threat -- -- democracy he knew that these groups were operating and on the left and yet he depicted conservative groups has been a threat to democracy when he did that.
And was backed up by this course -- amen chorus of Democrats is like a bunch of people -- a dog whistle and people inside the IRS in my opinion heard it.
By January 2012 -- criteria for targeting conservative groups have been broadened to quote.
Political -- -- organizations involved in limiting expanding government educating on the constitution and bill of rights.
Tea Party groups have long complained about IRS obstacles along with improper to men such -- donor list.
-- organizations do not have to disclose donor information.
I knew that's why don't day.
It wasn't until May -- -- when he thirteen with an inspector general's report coming.
That -- -- Lerner who later took the fifth to avoid testifying before congress confessed the IRS had gone too far.
The big -- entries in these kinds of applications and there are several categories attacked exempt organizations but it key designation sought my Tea Party groups and others.
A state is call 501 C four.
Did not surge at the time the IRS started targeting them in 2010 in 2009 there -- 17151.
Applications in 2010 I've dropped to 1735.
In 2011 a small increase to 2265.
And in 2012 they rose about a thousand to 3357.
Officials in Washington.
But centralize these cases.
The way they centralized it.
Troublesome but workers in Cincinnati -- congressional investigators they were guided by IRS officials in Washington will we know that was coming from the headquarters of the IRS.
And Washington DC the people in the in the headquarters unit of the tax exempt.
Bureau were calling people in Cincinnati send.
Get us files and one Cincinnati worker confirmed that saying she had this -- -- to Washington on Tea Party applications.
As says she was furious when they tried to pass the blame saying it was like -- nuclear strike on us.
Brett Jim thank you.
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