Busted: IRS chief admits it was his ‘incredibly bad idea’ to plant question that led to IRS ‘apology’

Yep, that happened.

Outgoing acting IRS chief Steven Miller was busted by Sen. Chuck Grassley while testifying before the Senate Finance Committee. That planted question that prompted the IRS’ Lois “Math is Hard” Lerner to admit the agency targeted conservatives was all Miller’s brilliant idea.

Once again, Miller admits he’s full of  “incredibly bad ideas.”

Exit question:

  • Marcy Cook

    I need a score card.

    • angeleyez

      …… KNOCK … KNOCK
      Who’s there ?

    • OLLPOH

      we have one by President Abraham Lincoln – Republican…(first 2 Paragraphs)

      Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.

      Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battle-field of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.
      . . .Yet, that field has a new battle going on now against, Tyranny!

  • grais

    And we’ve been paying him for How long? How many bonuses? And now a pension?

    • Karl Winrich

      I think it’s about time to give him another promotion. Promote him straight to ‘criminal’.

      • shimauma

        Give him some vacation time in Leavenworth, he could relax by cutting the lawn with safety scissors and folding his t-shirts into six inc squares. Pipe dream, I know, but damn these gub’mint scumbag cheats anyway. Praying for retribution on them myself.

        Luke 11:46,
        “Woe unto you also, ye lawyers! for ye lade men with burdens grievous to be borne”

  • Jack Deth

    I’m confused.

    Someone explain to me again, why I should place ANY confidence or trust in our Federal Government?!!!

    • OLLPOH

      But, but, but, Obama’s organizations that he has communed are Utopia-ville, and you aren’t up for that??…say it ain’t so.

      • http://twitter.com/yahneverknowCB yahneverknow

        … where everything is black and white?

    • http://www.facebook.com/brett.mcmicken Brett McMicken

      just imagine if you had no available means of defending yourself!

  • marcellucci

    I say, hit ’em where it hurts….
    Tell every one of them involved “either come clean or lose your pension”

    • mdtljt

      No…Come clean…you’re gonna lose your pension anyhow…at least you’ll feel better about yourself…oh wait…they have no conscience…

    • DebsFriends

      I prefer, “Come clean or go to jail! period. Pension….gone!

  • http://Rovinsworld.blogspot.com Rovin

    Miller is already OUT! What damage does he incur by taking responsibility for planting a question…..which is not illegal. This “admission” only keeps Lerner in position to keep her job, despite her complicity in these actions.

    • TocksNedlog

      “Hey look, everybody, I’m throwing myself under the bus! Whee!!!”

    • Ken A

      I agree. Miller is only the “throw away” bureaucrat in this obama scheme. The focus should be to “water board” Lerner into a confession…

    • loveshiandsid

      you are absolutely correct Rovin! Miller “works out” his 6 week “resignation” and Lerner – and others – keep their jobs. Its crazy!
      (reminiscent of a DoJ/DoL investigation in 2010/1 that found staff lawyers using porn on govt computers … wait for it … 6 hours a day! And no one got fired!) Its past time to rein these guys in …

  • TocksNedlog

    Someone should check to see if these clowns are buying up stock in Orville Redenbacher.

  • http://twitter.com/freedomsmouth MJD

    More bull crap. Miller is taking the fall while he’s on the way out while already being on the way out? Our government thinks we are incredibly, incredibly stupid.


    …took a stroll to the mail box, open the latch, pull out the envelopes left by the postman (The American Postal Workers Union (APWU) is a labor union in the United States.) flip through the bills…hmmm…? received Neighbors Mail in Error…

    Envelope addressed to: Whom It May Concern (ALL)

    Department of Treasury
    Internal Revenue Service

    FYI: Post Master Inspector General in Illinois and Virginia.

  • Anthony

    Coincidence that miller take blame with one foot already out the door, while Lerner heads the unaffordable care act dept after conservative targeting? Who else will throw themselves under the bus to protect the anointed one?

    • Clayton Grant

      I know it seems like we need scorecards to keep up, but Lerner is not heading the IRS office tasked with implementing EmbalmaCare. That is Sarah Hall Ingram and she is the one that ran the IRS division overseeing the tax exemptions offices before Lois Lerner.
      Miller had Lerner plant the question with Celia Roady in an attempt to get it out before the IG report did.

      • http://scienceshift.com/ Holly Martin

        I know I’m really dumb, but what was the point of that? It was coming out in 4 days anyway?

        • Guest

          I can only assume that instead of doing his job, Miller wanted to try and mitigate the damage and fallout to himself.

  • Kevin Scott


    • Cornelius Van Huff

      come on people. move along. nothing to see here….

  • shay

    Which reporter asked the question? I want to know who was in on it . . .

    • Clayton Grant

      It wasn’t a reporter. The question was asked by Celia Roady, a Washington lawyer. Roady said that she received a call from Lerner the day before the May 10 conference, requesting that Roady ask a question about tax exempt groups.

      “I received a call from Lois Lerner, who told me that she wanted to address an issue after her prepared remarks at the [American Bar Association] Tax Section’s Exempt Organizations Committee Meeting, and asked if I would pose a question to her after her remarks,” Roady said in a statement obtained by ABC News.”

  • dagnytaggart

    Miller’s “incredibly bad ideas” should cost him his pension, benefits, and any future employment with the US Govt. Same for Ms. Lerner, and the former IRS Chief, for his poor job running the IRS and for not notifying congress the minute he knew there was more to the story than first thought. That goes for any other IRS, Treasury, WH, or other US Govt. representative who was involved in targeting or covering up the targeting. They should be entitled to nothing from us except what ever money they have themselves contributed to their retirement accounts.

  • I M Free

    looking forward to speaker’s statement. “the question is, who is going to jail”

  • Scott Pam

    This is only the fall guy routine. The real criminals are in the White House.

  • lainer51

    Liar, Liar peed on a tire for Barry, Miller.

  • James

    I don’t believe Miller. I think he is taking an arrow for someone in the obama inner circle. This is why Lerner says she’ll plead the 5th. If they ask her, under oath, who suggested she arrange to have that planted question asked, she’ll have to name a name and it WON”T be MILLER !!
    The administration asked Miller to cover for them since he’s heading out anyway (can’t imagine what the plum was they offered him to do so…). They then told Lerner to plead the 5th so she doesn’t need to lie under oath, or expose the truth. I suggest they put Miller under oath and ask him if he truly was the guy who suggested the whole ploy. If they do, HE may plead the 5th too, which will really raise even more suspicions about who knows what.
    This is not going to end well for Obama and his thugs.

  • Kristy Patullo

    Your Govt. at work.

  • geronl

    They crack down and threaten real journalists while planting their own misinformation. This admin has gone full fascist, it’s only a matter of time until they begin arresting dissidents.

  • Nuff Said

    These liars and deceivers should be fired AND lose ALL freeking pensions. THEN they’d think twice about covering for their pimp leaders.