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Claire McCaskill On IRS Target of Tea Party, Conservative Groups: "People Should Be Fired"

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One of the biggest national news stories of the week centers on revelations that the Internal Revenue Service targeted conservative groups -- scrutinizing organizations with the words "tea party" and "patriot" in their names, for example. And the reports say that the tax agency's focus on conservative organizations may have been broader than that.

Now, the IRS is facing some harsh criticism from a perhaps unlikely place. Claire McCaskill, Democratic U.S. Senator from Missouri, just sent off a statement calling for firings in the wake of this IRS controversy.

"People should be fired for this serious breach of public trust," she says in the short statement. "We don't do this in America."

Her statement comes in response to reports that the IRS specifically scrutinized conservative and small-government groups applying for tax-exempt status, her office says in a news release.

When asked about it further today, she said:

Someone should be fired, and it should not just be some line employee. Anyone who was in a position of responsibility that knew this very un-American activity was going on should be fired.

She told reporters it is "an offense to what we are as a country."

The president has since promised to hold the IRS accountable and has called the targeting "outrageous."

Here's the full news release from the McCaskill's office.

McCaskill Calls for Firings in Wake of IRS Targeting of Conservative Organizations

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill today released the following statement in response to reports that the IRS targeted for special scrutiny conservative and small-government groups applying for tax-exempt status:

"People should be fired for this serious breach of public trust. We don't do this in America."

Several news outlets have reported that a report by the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration due out this week will show that an IRS campaign to apply additional scrutiny to conservative groups targeted organizations with titles including "Tea Party" and "patriot," as well as groups focused on government spending.

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DoucheMcGee
DoucheMcGee topcommenter

Fired at minimum - criminal charges at best. It's time we started to punish for abuse of power in Government.

In all likely hood they will probably get raises and promoted for doing the higher ups dirty work.

Nancy Lebovitz
Nancy Lebovitz

I just heard an NPR piece claiming that the law about political groups and the IRS is so vague that it's actually hard to tell which groups are entitled to non-profit status and what they're allowed to do.

Justin Curia
Justin Curia

@steve reality trumps tolerance. i'm tolerant of people who deserve it. keep rocking whatever-colored glasses you rock to not see that the tea party is made up of backwards humans and people who aren't very smart or know how things work in a real world away from fox news, the woods, or whatever bunker they're holed up in.

Steve Mincer
Steve Mincer

wow...that's not very "tolerant" of you to call people "crazy" and "neanderthals". i thought you libs were "tolerant".

Brad Hicks
Brad Hicks

It's so cute that people think that Claire McCaskill is a Democrat. BTW: Does anybody seriously dispute that the IRS was right to investigate them? 501(c)(4) law says that groups whose primary purpose is political don't qualify; how likely is it that a group with "Tea Party" or "Patriot" in the name is non-political?

Justin Curia
Justin Curia

well, i mean, the tea party is a bunch of crazy, anti-tax neanderthals--if the IRS was to scrutinize any group...

Steve Mincer
Steve Mincer

what youtube video can they blame this on?

Steve Mincer
Steve Mincer

seems as if you don't understand that npr and planned parenthood have poltical agendas, but they have no problem with the IRS.

Mark Bland
Mark Bland

Um yeah, its not a cool a look...but truthfully, Obama wiped the floor and they split the national vote on the Con side between 3 different people...so regardless, the outcome would have been the same. But it is total BS that they targeted them for no reason.

Philip Rock
Philip Rock

at least jobs have been created for someone lol

Jay Brandt
Jay Brandt

Seems as if these groups primary purposes were political and probably deserved greater scrutiny...seems they all got their non-profit status in spite of their political goals.

Justin N Rachel Hager
Justin N Rachel Hager

Democrats lousy attempt to save the IRS' credibility because let's face it they live the IRS. Obamacare added 16000 new IRS positions.

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