Poor Steven Miller â€¦ all the pressure of this morningâ€™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 takingÂ responsibility when questioned last week. He also insisted that the IRSâ€™ actions were not politically motivated:
I do not believe that partisanship motivated the people who engaged in the practices described in the Treasury Inspector Generalâ€™s report. Iâ€™ve reviewed the Treasury Inspector Generalâ€™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 IRSâ€™ actions were â€¦ politically motivated:
Miller: The second listing â€¦ in the Treasury Inspector Generalâ€™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 â€” itâ€™s an IRS commissionerâ€™s prerogative to change his mind!
Oh, what a tangled web.