#IRS Miller has a "tell" when he's about to lie (beyond his lips moving): he says "can we back up a second"...—
Matthew Joss (@IrishBarrister) May 21, 2013
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:
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.