WASHINGTON (KMOX) — U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill weighs in on the controversy over allegations that the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) regularly targeted conservative groups when reviewing their requests for tax-exempt status.
In a statement Monday McCaskill said, “People should be fired for this serious breach of public trust. We don’t do this in America.”
President Obama also has vowed to find out “exactly what happened” at the IRS during the period under scrutiny – and vowed that any wrongdoers would be held “fully accountable.”
According to CBS news Mr. Obama first learned about the allegations last Friday, the same time the public became aware of the possible scandal.
“This is pretty straightforward,” Mr. Obama told reporters. “If in fact IRS personnel engaged in the kind of practices that have been reported on and were intentionally targeting conservative groups, then that’s outrageous and there’s no place for it.”
The IRS apologized Friday for what it acknowledged was “inappropriate” targeting of conservative political groups during the 2012 election to see if they were violating their tax-exempt status. The agency blamed low-level employees, saying no high-level officials were aware.