May 14th, 2013
10:33 PM ET

Gergen: IRS scandal not a partisan issue

Editor's note: On AC360° David Gergen and Dana Bash discussed the controversy surrounding the IRS targeting conservative groups.

The Internal Revenue Service has identified two "rogue" employees in the agency's Cincinnati office as being principally responsible for "overly aggressive" handling of requests by conservative groups for tax-exempt status, a congressional source told CNN.

In a meeting on Capitol Hill, acting IRS Commissioner Steven Miller described the employees as being "off the reservation," according to the source. It was not clear precisely what the alleged behavior involved.


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  1. Sandy

    It may not be a partisan issue, but what about public vs. private? If it is deemed illegitimate for the IRS to have team-building activities like this waste of tax-payer money. What about the tax deductions that businesses are allowed to take for identical team-building activities?

    June 3, 2013 at 3:32 pm |
  2. Patricia Alberts

    When are you going to cover this scandal in depth. It is very worrisome to think this administration and those who work for them would conspire to target a certain group of people because of their beliefs. The IRS is all powerful, and this is getting to sound too much like something that would happen in a"banana republic." I would be interested in hearing more details about which groups were targeted and why.

    May 18, 2013 at 9:29 pm |
  3. Robert

    The IRS is not a wing of the White House. Get a grip. CNN is typically, not surprisingly led by Dana Bash, spinning this in a hyperbolic way. No one is discussing that the IRS inspector general had already taken up an investigation. No one is discussing the fact that the very people involved stated that they took the actions they did to consolidate investigative efforts (where's the conspiracy in that?). No one is discussing the fact that the IRS is largely short handed. No one is discussing the fact that the IRS is required to perform due diligence when applicants file for tax-exemption. Instead, you want to somehow link this to the president and spin it into a huge controversy. I for one say that 1) the IRS inspector general's report indicated no, zero illegal activity, 2) the IRS immediately began reversing the "inappropriate" operations and implementing the IG's recommendations 3) there is no indication that these actions were led by the WH or were intentionally harmful. But, hey, I guess that's par for the course at CNN.

    May 15, 2013 at 9:12 pm |