President Barack Obama said Tuesday the Treasury Department inspector general’s report examining how the Internal Revenue Service allowed for the targeting of “tea party” and other groups shows some IRS employees “failed” to act in a way “that’s worthy of the public’s trust.”
“Regardless of how this conduct was allowed to take place, the bottom line is, it was wrong,” the president said.
In his statement, Obama said he’s directed Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew “to hold those responsible for these failures accountable, and to make sure that each of the Inspector General’s recommendations are implemented quickly, so that such conduct never happens again.”
[Original story published at 7:40 p.m. ET]