Friday, May 17 2013 11:18 PM EDT2013-05-18 03:18:36 GMT
FOX19 has exclusively learned that as many as five people could be the first Cincinnati IRS employees to face disciplinary action for allegedly targeting Tea Party and Liberty groups applying for non-profit status. More >>
FOX19 has exclusively learned that as many as five people could be the first Cincinnati IRS employees to face disciplinary action, and possibly even criminal charges, for allegedly targeting Tea Party and Liberty groups applying for non-profit status.More >>
Thursday, May 16 2013 6:58 PM EDT2013-05-16 22:58:46 GMT
A House of Representatives committee is seeking interviews from at least five IRS employees regarding the alleged improper scrutiny of conservative and Tea Party groups applying for tax-exempt status. TheMore >>
A House of Representatives committee is seeking interviews from at least five IRS employees regarding the alleged improper scrutiny of conservative and Tea Party groups applying for tax-exempt status.More >>
As we are continuing to look into the case
surrounding the IRS and Cincinnati's connection there two big questions.
Did the White House know about this scandal
sooner than what they have claimed? Could criminal charges be filed
against the local agents accused in the case?
Let's start with those local agents.
FOX19 exclusively sharing the names of at least 4 Cincinnati IRS agents who we
have been able to independently verify were involved in at least 1 case and
with two of these individuals, 2 cases of allegedly overburdening conservative
groups seeking non-profit status.
All four worked in the IRS Exempt
Organizations Department. Those 4 Cincinnati IRS agents are: Mitchell
Steele, Carly Young, Joseph Herr and Stephen Seok.
Thursday, President Obama claimed until the
Inspector General's report last week, he knew nothing about this.
"I can assure you that I certainly did not
know anything about the IG report before the IG report had been leaked through
the press." said President Obama.
The President, however, did not directly
answer the question from Bloomberg's Julianna Goldman who asked, "Can you
assure the American people that nobody in the White House knew before the IG's
That is a big question.
The Inspector General's report states that
Lois Lerner, the head of the IRS exemptions division knew as early as June of
2011 that conservative groups were being targeted with unfair and burdensome
requirements. Also , lawsuits had already been filed as far back as 2010
claiming that the IRS was conducting "viewpoint discrimination".
Wednesday, in response to the scandal,
President Obama announced the acting director of the IRS, Steven Miller, had
been forced to resign. That move, was immediately deflated by news that
acting director Miller was already set to leave in early June regardless of
An official close to Steven Miller tells Fox
News, the IRS chief was "set to resign the position of acting commissioner
as of early June." He was reportedly planning to leave the IRS
entirely a "couple of months later, regardless of the current
Also Thursday, as second top IRS official
announced plans to leave the agency. According to the Associated Press,
an internal IRS memo says Joseph Grant, Commissioner of the agency's Tax Exempt
and Government Entities Division, will retire June 3, 2013.
What about those local employees?
Remember, Steven Miller claims that the targeting of conservative groups
happened at the hands of low level Cincinnati employees who had gone
"rogue" and were "off the reservation" and have already
Have any of these four IRS agents, Mitchell
Steele, Carly Young, Joseph Herr or Stephen Seok been disciplined? We
don't know. But each one of these IRS employees could possibly face
federal charges according to Speaker of the House John Boehner.
Boehner spoke to reporters Thursday stating
that federal law on this issue is clear.
"Section 7214 of the title 26 of the U.S. code
states very clearly, 'any officer or employee of the united states acting in
connection with any revenue law of the united states who is guilty of extortion
or willful oppression under the color of law shall be dismissed from office and
if convicted be fined up to 10,000 dollars and spend five years in jail'.
said Speaker Boehner.
What this means for you?
A source tells Fox 19 that these agents say
they were only doing what they were told. If they face 5 years in prison,
how long might it be before they say who was reportedly giving them orders?