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The IRS hearing: And the nation gasped

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Friday, May 17, 2013, 8:57 p.m.

The arrogant nose-thumbing to the rule of law by the Internal Revenue Service was on full, despicable and obscene display for all Americans on Friday as Steven Miller, the departing fired IRS head, testified before the House Ways and Means Committee.

Frequent bouts of amnesia were quite convenient for the fella on whose watch this nation's tax-collection agency covered up its targeting and harassment of conservative groups in the heat of a presidential campaign. Aside from what surely, eventually will be charges of perjury and making false statements to Congress against a number of other IRS operatives over the past few years, Mr. Miller takes the Parallel Universe Prize for this exchange with Rep. Tom Price, R-Ga.:

Price: Is it illegal what they've done?

Miller: It is absolutely not illegal.

Price: It is not illegal what the IRS has done?

Miller: So let me understand the question. What is your statement as to what is illegal?

Price: Do you believe that it is illegal for employees of the IRS to create lists, to target individual groups and citizens in this country? ... What do you believe?

Miller: I don't believe it is (illegal).

And the nation gasped.

One week ago, we called for the appointment of a special prosecutor. We repeated that call this past week. And we repeat that call again today. The IRS is rotten to the core. It is a corrupt criminal enterprise. It must be brought to justice.

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