WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- Some Republicans are taking aim at the White House over misconduct by the Internal Revenue Service in targeting conservative groups for closer scrutiny. The agency says some employees took aim at Tea Party groups during the 2012 presidential election. The IRS has apologized for what it calls "inappropriate" behavior by low-level employees.
A number of Republican lawmakers want a full investigation and want President Obama to accept some of the blame for allowing the agency to unfairly scrutinize conservative political groups during an election year.
The White House says the IRS an independent agency and is in no way acting on behalf of the administration. However, we now know and have just learned that senior officials at the headquarters in Washington, D.C. knew about this activity two years ago. Republicans say that certainly is the reason why all Americans should question the government.
An inspector general report, due out later this week, says a Cincinnati field office flagged tax-exempt applications by groups that the quote criticized the government and sought to education Americans about the U.S. Constitution. The activity was never cleared by the Washington headquarters because we are told that process was recently eliminated when the agency was reorganized.
Some groups have been waiting nearly four years for a response from the IRS in regards to their tax-exempt status. But the agency insists politics did not play a part in the delays.