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IRS employee: Top officials lied about targeting of conservatives

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Top officials in the IRS lied about the scope of the targeting of conservatives at the agency, according to an employee in the Cincinnati office who told investigators that the practice was not limited to a few low-level employees.

“Everybody that has been making those statements should know they are inaccurate,” Elizabeth Hofacre told the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, according to a transcript excerpt posted at National Review Online. Hofacre agreed with the suggestion that “the public has been purposely misled,” telling investigators that’s “exactly” what happened. “These two rogue agents running amok for three years, even for three months, it would never happen.”

Hofacre also said that her boss apologized to her after the IRS’s Lois Lerner blamed the practice on the Cincinnati office. From NRO: “[h]er boss immediately called her to apologize on Lerner’s behalf, presumably because ‘she was flabbergasted that Lois had made such a statement’ and ‘appalled that Lois Lerner said that.’”

 

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