President Obama says there is “not even a smidgen of corruption” at the IRS despite the recent targeting of Tea Party and conservative groups.
In a taped interview with Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly before the Super Bowl, Obama admitted the IRS made some “bone-headed decisions,” but dismissed the scandal that rocked the federal agency last year.
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Even though multiple organizations have come forward to acknowledge the IRS targeting — most recently a group of Hollywood conservatives — Obama blamed Fox News and O’Reilly for hyping the story.
“These kinds of things keep on surfacing in part because you and your TV station will promote them,” Obama said.
In defense of the IRS, Obama cited confusion surrounding the rules for 501c4 organizations. He also said he did not recall meeting with then-IRS Commissioner Doug Shulman, who had been to the White House more than 100 times.
The IRS admitted last May that it targeted conservative groups.
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