IRS chief: Agency’s targeting of conservatives ‘absolutely not illegal’ [video]

Twitter’s curse jar is going to be mighty full after Friday’s House Ways and Means Committee hearing on the IRS’ targeting of conservative groups. The unreal just keeps on comin’.

IRS commissioner on agency practices: “It is absolutely not illegal.” Adds that he doesn’t think it should happen, though.

— Chris Moody (@Chris_Moody) May 17, 2013

Steven Miller on whether it’s illegal for IRS to target specific groups: “I don’t believe it is. Don’t get me wrong. It should not happen.”

— Aaron Blake (@AaronBlakeWP) May 17, 2013

Audible gasps of “WOW” In hearing room at Miller’s last answer to Price on legality of targeting people or groups

— michael viqueira (@mikeviqueira) May 17, 2013

Yes, acting IRS commissioner Steven Miller testified that the “be on the lookout” list maintained by the IRS to target conservative groups was “absolutely not illegal.” Oh, it “shouldn’t happen” and stuff, he said in response to Rep. Tom Price’s question. But “horrible customer service” isn’t illegal, guys!

Miller says it isn’t illegal for IRS to create lists to target Americans.Wow. Just wow.Well done @reptomprice

— Hugh Hewitt (@hughhewitt) May 17, 2013

Nice job! @reptomprice Getting Miller onrecord saying he does not believe it’s illegal for the #IRS to target political & religious groups

— Robin(@NiteOwl223) May 17, 2013

BOOM! Rep Price: “Do you believe what the #IRS did was illegal?”Steven Miller: “I don’t believe it is.”

— Foxies Doxies (@FoxiesDoxies) May 17, 2013

So, America, the #IRS doesn’t think target lists are illegal. Eyes opened yet?

— Whitney Neal (@WhitneyNeal) May 17, 2013

Miller: “I don’t believe it’s illegal for #IRS employees to create lists to target certain groups or US citizens.”INEFFINGCREDIBLE

— Michelle Ray (@GaltsGirl) May 17, 2013

America –> @brendan_buck: The IRS doesn’t believe it’s illegal for the IRS to target folks based on political views?

— SalenaZito (@SalenaZitoTrib) May 17, 2013

Hey, can one of the congressmen grilling Miller follow up with this question?

If you don’t know all that happened, how do you know it wasn’t illegal? #realtalk #IRShearing

— Brittany Cohan (@bccohan) May 17, 2013


How ’bout that? Now Miller just isn’t sure. It’s not his “area.”

Miller, who said earlier that the IRS’ conduct wasn’t illegal, now says he’s not sure.Great Q’s by Schock. #IRS

— Guy Benson (@guypbenson) May 17, 2013

Miller: Things “might be illegal but that’s not my area”. Well then just where does the buck stop? You were running it. #IRS #IRSHearing

— John Richards (@John__Richards) May 17, 2013

Steven Miller (IRS Commissioner): “It’s not my area to know what is legal” for the #IRS to do. – #IRSHearing

— Garrett Hall (@Garrett_R_Hall) May 17, 2013

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