Those being held responsible are "IRS officials".<quoted text> Shulman, a George W Bush appointment, was Steve Miller's boss. "... several committees in Congress were writing IRS Commissioner Douglas Shulman to express concern because tea party groups were complaining of IRS harassment.
In Shulman’s responses, he did not acknowledge targeting of tea party groups. At a congressional hearing March 22, 2012, Shulman was adamant in his denials."..."Shulman was appointed by President George W. Bush, a Republican. His 6-year term ended in November. President Barack Obama has yet to nominate a successor. The agency is now run by an acting commissioner, Steven Miller." Here another example of Republican bungling. It is one more damaging consequence of Republicans blocking President Obama's nominees and trying to overturn Obama's recess appointments. If Republicans had not done everything they could to freeze up U S government machinery then we would have had a new IRS Commissioner by now .
Why would a conservative target conservative groups? IRS officials can act independently without the acting commissioner's knowledge. No?
Think, man, think!