Obama: Learned of 'Outrageous' IRS Scandal Last Week

The president answers questions on claim IRS has targeted conservative groups since 2010.
2:07 | 05/13/13

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Transcript for Obama: Learned of 'Outrageous' IRS Scandal Last Week
Well let me particularly. Hire us situation first. I first learned about it from the same news reports that I think most people learned about this -- think it was on Friday. And this this is pretty straightforward. If in fact. -- personnel engaged in. The kind of practices that have been reported -- And were intentionally targeting. Conservative groups -- that's outrageous. And there's no place for. And you may have to be held fully accountable. Because the IRS as an independent agency. Requires absolute integrity and people have to have confidence that they're applying and in the nonpartisan way applying laws -- nonpartisan way. And you should feel that way regardless of party I don't care what your Democrat independent or Republican. At some point they're gonna be Republican and administration. Administration's some point they're going to be democratic ones either way you don't want the IRS ever. Being. Perceived. To be biased. And anything less than neutral in terms of how they operate. So this is something that I think people are are properly concerned about. The idea is conducting its investigation. And -- right and not gonna comment on. There -- specific findings prematurely. But I can tell you that if you got the IRS operating in anything a less than a neutral. And non partisan way. Then that is outrageous it is contrary to work traditions. And people have to be held accountable and it's gotta be fixed. So won't wait and see. What exactly all the details and the facts are but I've got no patients -- I will not tolerated and will make sure. That we find out exactly what happened moments.

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