Wednesday evening, President Obama announced the resignation of acting IRS Commissioner Steven Miller in response to the agency admitting it was targeting conservative groups.
Is it possible that Obama learned of this option from Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R-KS), who utilized a one minute floor speech in the House earlier in the day to show the president where the “independent agency” is located on the executive branch organization chart?
In his Monday remarks on the scandal, Obama said the IRS must be held accountable “because the IRS as an independent agency requires absolute integrity, and people have to have confidence that they’re… applying the laws in a nonpartisan way.”
White House press secretary Jay Carney said the same thing on Friday in a press briefing after the story broke: “The IRS is an independent enforcement agency with only two political appointees.”
As reported by the Wall Street Journal:
“The IRS is many things, but “independent” isn’t one of them. It is formally part of the Treasury Department and is headed by the Commissioner of Internal Revenue, who is appointed by the President. The Commissioner is accountable to the President reporting through the Treasury Secretary.”
Huelskamp informed Obama that Congress gave him the power to fire the IRS Commissioner, and then admonished him: “Instead of “The Buck Stops Here,” Obama’s theme has become “The Buck Never Stops Here.”
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