Republican lawmakers - and some Democrats - skewered ousted acting IRS Commissioner Steven Miller at a stormy hearing on the agency's targeting of conservative groups for extra scrutiny.
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Is this still America. Is this government. So drunk on power. That it would turn its full force its full might. To harass and intimidate and threaten. An average Americans. Is acting commissioner want to apologize on behalf of the Internal Revenue Service. For the mistakes that we made in the -- service we provide it. Effective organizations in the American public deserve better. This revelation goes against the very principles of free speech and liberty upon which this country was found. The blatant disregard with which the agency is treated congress. And the American taxpayer raised serious concerns about leadership at the IRS. All of us are angry at this on behalf of the nation. And we are determined to get answers to our questions about how this happened. To ensure. That it does not happen again you do the -- It was taken place. He knew the terms Tea Party patriots were being used in just acknowledge a minute ago that they are outrageous. How can we not conclude that you misled this committee. I did not mislead the committee to stand by my answers and I stand by my answer now. Your law enforcement agency for Crandall I was a cop for 33 years. Now you you've raised your right hand today did this committee have the right to know what you know yes sir well. I answered all questions. Truthfully. I also will tell you that you would mean let me have I don't wanna have to all of our -- to go to mr. George because my time -- you're not gonna corporate and mr. Miller and you've been uncooperative. And during this this hearing. We've provided horrible. Customer service here. -- admit that. We did horrible customer service you went to market politically motivated her on as a very different much you. Really are not taking. Any acknowledgment that you knew any thing that you can do anything wrong you've said that numerous times. On the record today did you did nothing wrong. So I find it hard to believe why did you resign or why are you resign. I I never said they didn't do anything wrong smoothness. When I said this is it contained in the questions. I resigned. Because as the acting commissioner what happens in the IRS whether I was personally involved or not. Stop to my desk.