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Acting IRS Director Resigns, Lawmakers Divided On Fault

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Steven Miller, acting director for the Internal Revenue Service, has been forced to resign.
Steven Miller, acting director for the Internal Revenue Service, has been forced to resign.

Steven Miller, who was acting head of the IRS, was forced out amid revelations that the agency unfairly and potentially illegally targeted Tea Party affiliated groups. The scandal occurred in the Cincinnati field office when Miller was a deputy IRS commissioner.

Rep. Jim Moran, D-Va. says the Obama Administration is using Miller as a scapegoat.

"They wanted somebody's head, anybody's head," says Moran. "They didn't care whose head. The head they cut off, he simply wasn't responsible. That's just wrong, and I'm disappointed. But it's caving in to this kind of mass hysteria that occurs."

Others see it differently. Miller's critics claim he and other leaders at the IRS hid the scandal even after lawmakers repeatedly inquired into whether certain groups were targeted by the agency based solely on politics.

Rep. Morgan Griffith, R-Va. says the administration shouldn't stop with Miller.

"There are others who knew," says Griffith. "And there ought to be a shakeup."

The president has now nominated Daniel Werfel of the Office of Management and Budget to head the IRS. His confirmation platform promises to focus on alleged wrongdoings.


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