Oops: IRS’ Miller denies, then admits that IRS’ actions motivated by partisanship [video]

Poor Steven Miller … all the pressure of this morning’s Senate Finance Committee hearing on IRS misconduct is making it really tough to keep track of his lies.

Earlier, he suddenly recalled that it had been his idea to plant the question prompting Lois Lerner to admit that the IRS targeted conservatives, after initially not taking responsibility when questioned last week. He also insisted that the IRS’ actions were not politically motivated:


I do not believe that partisanship motivated the people who engaged in the practices described in the Treasury Inspector General’s report. I’ve reviewed the Treasury Inspector General’s report and I believe its conclusions are consistent with that. I think that what happened here was that foolish mistakes were made by people trying to be more efficient in their workload selection. The listing described in the report, while intolerable, was a mistake, and not an act of partisanship.

Later, he admitted that that the IRS’ actions were … politically motivated:

Come again?


Miller: The second listing … in the Treasury Inspector General’s report is still problematic because it talks about policy positions, but it actually is not particularly partisan in how it talks about policy positions.

Sen. Richard Burr: So it was partisan before, though.

Miller: Yes, it absolutely was.

Hey — it’s an IRS commissioner’s prerogative to change his mind!

Oh, what a tangled web.

  • Steve

    I would still ask this arrogant liar..what is “efficient” about making a group wait up to THREE YEARS to get their tax exemption?

    • Michael Anderson (WB)

      It was an efficient means to shut down opposition to the President’s re-election campaign.

      • Roto

        Yep, just more evidence of systematic voter fraud by Democrats dating back to Joe “the plumber”…

      • angeleyez

        Would Richard Burr make a great VP ?

      • Steve

        So let’s see how that works out for them now.

        • Michael Anderson (WB)

          He’s been elected, I don’t think he cares who takes the fall for him now.

          • Steve

            He doesn’t care about his “legacy”?

          • Clete Torres

            His legacy is secure: 0bamacare.

          • Steve

            Good point, but I don’t think that that is going to turn out so well. “A train wreck”

          • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000629203585 Richard Rowe

            he’s not worried about a legacy,he wants civil unrest so he can declare martail law and turm america into a commie police state where he can remain in power for eternity.

    • jetch

      how is it more efficient to ask more invasive questions than you would have previously?
      assuming that it was just all about efficiency and not partisan, isn’t that more time consuming to have to review the answers to all those extra questions that you then need to factor into your decision. you’re adding an extra layer of complexity to the decision making process, that wasn’t there before.
      total b.s. that this was about efficiency, so if they’re going to insist that it was about efficiency then they are clearly lying.

      • Steve

        The answer to all of your questions is “yes”…but remember, these people in the administration have no logic…only excuses.

    • AlmaAlma

      and the amount of questions and paperwork. Seems like more work and less efficiency

  • http://www.common2cents.org/ Soulphoenix

    So, first he lies about the number of applications having increased (hence the supposed need for “efficiency”), then he ridiculously states that the targeting (which to him is an “offensive” way to phrase it, of course) was not politically motivated even though the terms used for the targeting were ALL politically-charged, and then he says he thinks it was legal, and then he doesn’t remember who came up with the targeting specifics in the first place.

    This guy has fallen off of a LOT of turnip trucks. Wow.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Marcy-Cook/1001619613 Marcy Cook

    Someone should have told Miller that to be good at this lying game you need to have a good memory.

    • AlmaAlma

      “If you tell the truth, you don’t have to remember anything” Mark Twain

  • TocksNedlog

    Well, I guess if you’re gonna fall on one sword you might as well fall on all of them.

  • ObamaFail

    Then he also admitted to lying under oath to Congress. This is yet another Democrat who needs to be charged with perjury. Hillary Clinton is another one.

  • TocksNedlog

    Perhaps it depends upon what your definition of partISan is.

    • $24698634

      It also sounds like he was referring to a list of names. The first list had partisan sounding names; the second list was still problematic because it included policy positions, though not partisan names.

  • Roto

    Well, that video proves that Miller lied before Congress (18 USC § 1001).
    I’m sure Eric Holder will get right on that….

  • I M Free

    JAIL this jerk

  • waterytart

    Butt dialing your cell phone is an “accident”, targeting groups you disagree with is a “crime”. Just givin’ it a little perspective here.

  • http://powip.com vermontaigne

    Meh, who cares. Let’s call it disparate impact and proceed to punish, the way Thomas Perez and the DoJ do.

  • neoface

    NO-chit, Miller! Motivated by partisanship??? Shouldn’t someone go to jail?

  • seudoug

    I have some time on my hands … I think I’m gonna go to DC, walk around town and punch all these liars in the face for each lie they have told … gonna start with Miller, Carney next … and any of the lying sacks of poop I see …. anyone care to come with?

  • seudoug

    man …. are my hands gonna be swollen and sore!

  • aliwilcox

    Steve “Jodiearias” Miller has some ‘splaining to do.

  • jacksonjay

    Miller is the long lost twin of Pat the Androgynous from SNL of long ago!

  • marcellucci

    Where’s Valerie Jarrett? I believe all paths lead to her……

  • gekkobear

    They’re unbiased in their hack partisanship… why don’t you trust them yet?

  • Jennifer

    Just read that Lois Lerner is going to plead the fifth…

    • Clete Torres

      Yeah. No underlying guilt there…

  • stillinthe60s

    Love watching these guys flop sweating through their ethics audit. Hard time balancing their accounts.

  • Junie3

    I mean really is Obama, Valerie or Soros worth going to prison for? You know it came from them.

  • Marvin Nelson

    I hope that Issa makes her sit there and plead the Fifth to every question for hours so that she can experience an audit first hand.

  • Catchance

    Shorter Miller: “We’re not biased, just stupid.”

  • KansasGirl

    It’s amazing when someone is put under oath how succinct their answer. lol

  • Roto

    CNN’s juris ignoramus Jeffery Toobin says the Tea Party’s lawsuits against the IRS are totally political and won’t go anywhere. Oh really….

    “The plantiff calls Mr. Steven Miller, Your Honor…” :-)

  • Roto

    CNN’s juris ignoramus Jeffery Toobin says the Tea Party’s lawsuits against the IRS are totally political and won’t go anywhere. Oh really….

    “The plantiff calls Mr. Steven Miller, Your Honor…” :-)