House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, Wednesday said the Internal Revenue Service broke the law when it decided to target conservative groups for extra scrutiny when they applied for tax exempt status.
“Now, my question isn’t about who’s going to resign,” Boehner told reporters after meeting privately with the GOP caucus. “My question is, who’s going to jail over this scandal?”
Attorney General Eric Holder announced Tuesday he is launching a criminal investigation into the IRS targeting, which included a “Be On The Lookout” label for groups with names that included “Patriot” and “Tea Party” and “9/12.”
Boehner said the targeting went beyond poor management, which was cited as the cause in a report issued Tuesday by the Treasury Inspector General.
“Someone made a conscious decision to harass and to hold up these requests for tax-exempt status. I think we need to know who they are and whether they violated the law. Clearly, someone violated the law.”
House Rep. Charles Boustany, R-La., said they have been fielding complaints about targeting by the IRS for months from conservative groups and that the agency mislead them by denying it.
Boustany, who chairs the powerful House Ways and Means Committee, will hold a hearing on the matter on Friday.
“I can tell you right now that this culture of rot and abuse at the IRS is going to be rooted out,” Boustany said. “The Ways and Means Committee is going to be working with the other committees in Congress to ensure that this happens and that a full accounting of what happened is made to the American people.”