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Fun fact: Guess where the current IRS commissioner used to work

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Current IRS Commissioner John Koskinen testified Friday on the scandal involving the targeting of conservative groups applying for tax-exempt status.

And although the hearing was filled with many memorable and tense moments, particularly between the commissioner and Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., one detail that went unmentioned Friday is Koskinen's former employer.

In case you didn't know, the man who currently heads the IRS was at one point with the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp., known more commonly as Freddie Mac.


Yes, from September 2008 to December 2011, Koskinen served as the group's non-executive chairman.

So when the IRS commissioner said Friday that he doesn't feel that the agency owes the public an apology and that he is “willing to stand on [the agency's] record,” let's hope that record is a bit more sterling than the record of Freddie Mac, one of the institutions that helped bring about the 2008 financial meltdown.

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