The IRS official who revealed the IRS had inappropriately targeted conservative groups on Friday did so on purpose -- by asking a tax lawyer to ask her about it at American Bar Association tax section’s annual meeting. Tax lawyer Celia Roady issued a statement, posted by Talking Points Memo, saying that the IRS's Lois Lerner asked called her before the meeting and "asked if I would pose a question to her after her remarks." Roady agreed, and said Lerner "did not tell me, and I did not know, how she would answer the question." In congressional testimony on Friday, the now-fired-then-acting IRS commissioner Steve Miller said he'd discussed it with Lerner and thought it "may be a good idea to talk to the public."
President Obama, and, in a new interview with Bloomberg TV, Treasury Secretary Jack Lew, have said they only learned of the IRS scandal, or the full extent of it, from the news. That means they only know about the IRS's actions because of Lois Lerner. Several members of Congress have called for Lerner to be fired. Lerner cancelled her commencement speech at Western New England University's law school, and Politico reports, is currently in Canada.
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