Lew: IRS a Case of ‘Bad Judgment’

Was the IRS a “phony Washington scandal,” as President Obama called it in a speech earlier this week? Said Treasury secretary Jack Lew on Sunday’s Meet the Press, yes and no. It was mainly, he maintains, “extremely bad judgment.”

“After weeks and weeks of investigations . . . there is no evidence of any political involvement in the situations leading up to that situation. So the attempts to continue to raise this question in the absence of any evidence is what he [President Obama] was referring to” as a “phony scandal.”

What was the actual problem at the IRS? “The problem was bad judgment; it was career officials trying to operate their programs more efficiently, using bad judgment to do it.”

Ian Tuttle — Ian Tuttle is the former Thomas L. Rhodes Journalism Fellow at the National Review Institute.

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