Obama: IRS 'Misconduct Is Inexcusable'

The president addresses improper screening of conservative groups applying for tax-exempt status.
3:24 | 05/15/13

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I just finished speaking -- news secretary -- and senior officials that the Treasury Department. To discuss the investigation into RS personnel -- improperly screened conservative groups applying for tax exempt status. I look forward to taking some questions of tomorrow's press conference but today I want to make sure to get out to all of you. Some information about what we're going about this and where we go from here. I've reviewed the Treasury Department watchdog report and misconduct. That -- cover. Is inexcusable. It's inexcusable and Americans -- right to be angry about it and I am angry about. I will not tolerate this kind of behavior in any agency but especially in the Arabs. Given the power that it has and the reach that it has and all of our lives. And as I said earlier it should not matter. What political striker from. The fact of the matter is that. The IRS has to operate. With absolute integrity. The government -- asked to conduct its self in a way that is true to the public trust that's especially true for the IRS. So here's what we're gonna do first. We're gonna hold the responsible parties accountable. Yesterday I directed secretary -- to follow up on the -- -- to see how this happened and who is responsible and to make sure. That we understand all the facts. Today secretary -- took the first step by requesting and accepted the resignation of the acting commissioner of the IRS. Because given the controversy surrounding this -- it's important to institute new leadership. We can help restore confidence going forward. Second. We're gonna put in place new safeguards to make sure this kind of behavior cannot happen again and -- directed secretary -- to ensure the iris begins implementing. The IG's recommendations. Right away. Horror we will work with congress as it performs its oversight role. And our administration has to make sure that we are working. Hand in hand with congress to get this thing fixed. Congress Democrats and Republicans or to the American people treat that authority with the responsibility it deserves and in the way that doesn't smack of politics -- partisan agendas. Because I think one thing we've seen is across the board everybody believes. What happened in as reportedly IG report is an outrage. The good news is it's fixable. And it's in everyone's best interest to work together to fix it. All do everything in my power to make sure. Nothing like this happens again. By holding the responsible parties accountable by putting in place new checks and new safeguards. And going forward by making sure that the laws applied as it should be. In a fair and impartial way and we're gonna have to make sure that the laws are clear. So that we can. Have confidence. That there are forced. In a fair and impartial way and that there was not too much ambiguity. Surrounding these -- So that's what I expect that's -- -- American people deserve. And that's what we're gonna do. Thank you very much.

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