Acting IRS Commissioner Admits That Planting a Question About Reviewing 501(c)(4) Orgs at a Sleepy Tax Conference Wasn’t Such a Great Idea After All

Under less-than friendly questioning from members of the Senate Finance Committee Steven Miller was all, "Yeah, that was my bad."

“I will take responsibility for that,” Miller said, expanding on last week’s admission that he knew mid-level manager Lois Lerner had answered a question planted by a member of an IRS advisory council. “Now that we had the (inspector general’s) report, we had all the facts … we thought we’d get out an apology.” The report he referenced was a much-anticipated audit, released last week by the Treasury Department’s Inspector General for Tax Administration J. Russell George. “Obviously the entire thing was an incredibly bad idea,” Miller said of the planted question.
As opposed to just letting the TIGTA report come out in due course, yeah I suppose it was a bad idea. As opposed to a plane banner? That's a toss-up. 
 
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