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IRS accused of targeting conservative groups

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The Internal Revenue Service is about to face an audit of its own now with Congress likely to launch multiple investigations into behavior that the agency already admitted to.

The IRS and by extension, the White House, spent the weekend being hammered by Democrats and Republicans -- angry over revelations that the IRS specifically targeted conservative groups for what may have been illegal scrutiny over their applications for tax exempt status.

"I don't care if you're a conservative, a liberal, a Democrat or a Republican, this should send a chill up your spine This is something that we cannot let stand," said Rep. Mike Rogers on "FOX News Sunday."

Also on "FOX News Sunday," former Ohio Congressman Dennis Kucinich added, "I am a liberal Democrat. I don't -- I'm not someone who has celebrated Tea Party politics, but we cannot -- this is not tolerable.  We cannot have a condition in America where people's politics are the basis for IRS attacks."

Shortly after a round of Sunday news show attacks, an embattled White House issued a statement referencing the integrity of government workers, saying the President -- quote "is concerned that the conduct of a small number of Internal Revenue Service employees may have fallen short of that standard."

And the IRS has similarly, tried to blame this on low-level employees.

But it's becoming clear now that senior management there has known about the conduct for some time and the Wall Street Journal reports that the targets may have included not just groups that used the words tea party or patriot in their names, but organizations that were critical of government debt or spending -- or even those that criticized the government in general.

It turns out the Treasury Department has been investigating these allegations for the past year or so.  That report is expected to be released this week.


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