“Mistakes were made initially, but they were in no way due to any political or partisan rationale,” said the IRS in a statement. “We fixed the situation last year and have made significant progress in moving the centralized cases through our system.”
Conservative groups accused the IRS of targeting them during the 2012 election by sending additional questionnaires for their applications. So for them, the IRS apology is too little, too late.
“The IRS has demonstrated the most disturbing, illegal and outrageous abuse of government power,” Jenny Beth Martin, national coordinator for Tea Party Patriots, said in a statement. “This deliberate targeting and harassment of Tea Party groups reaches a new low in illegal government activity and overreach.”
Top Republican lawmakers are calling for a White House investigation into the agency.
“Today, I call on the White House to conduct a transparent, government-wide review aimed at assuring the American people that these thuggish practices are not underway at the IRS or elsewhere in the administration against anyone, regardless of their political views,” said Sen. Mitch McConnell (R) of Kentucky in a statement.