Maine senator Susan Collins is demanding that Presient Obama publicly apologize for the IRS’s targeting out of conservative groups, calling his failure to do so up to this point “very disappointing.”
“It is absolutely chilling that the IRS was singling out conservative groups for extra review and I think that it’s very disappointing that the president hasn’t personally condemned this and spoken out,” she told CNN’s Candy Crowley. “The president needs to make crystal clear that this is totally unacceptable in America.”
Collins rejected the IRS’s explanation that the scandal is limited to low-level employees in a Cincinnatti office, as it claimed on Friday, and that the groups were not singled out for political reasons.
“I just don’t buy that this was a couple of rogue IRS employees. After all, groups with ‘prorgressive’ in their names were not targeted, there’s some evidence that higher-level supervisers were aware of this, and the IRS was not forthcoming in telling Congress about this,” she said.
The IRS admitted to zeroing in on groups with the words “Tea Party” or “patriots” in their names ahead of a report set to be released by the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration that discloses the information.