Portman Says He Warned IRS About Partisan Politics A Year Ago

U.S. Senator Rob Portman(Photo: U.S. Senate)
U.S. Senator Rob Portman(Photo: U.S. Senate)

Ohio’s junior U.S. Senator says he wrote a letter to the IRS a year ago urging them to keep politics out of their investigations.

Republican Rob Portman says he and Senator Orrin hatch wrote the tax agency after hearing complaints from some conservative groups that they were being unfairly targeted.

“We unfortunately have now learned a year later that our suspicions that we had were correct, and that is that the IRS employees were using inappropriate political screenings,” Portman says. “They used key words like we the people, patriots, limited government.”

Three congressional committees are investigating and Attorney General Eric Holder says the FBI is looking into potential civil rights violations at the IRS.

President Barack Obama says Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew asked for and accepted Acting Commissioner Steven T. Miller’s resignation.

Miller’s departure came five days after the IRS revealed that agents had improperly targeted groups with “tea party” or “patriots” in their in their applications for tax-exempt status. It came a day after an inspector general’s report blamed ineffective management in Washington for allowing it to happen for more than 18 months.