Pres. Obama expressed outrage over the possibility that theÂ IRS had targeted groups with the words “Tea Party” or “Patriot” in their name, forcing them to fill out additional paperwork Â in order to get approval for their tax-exempt status in the months leading up to the 2012 elections, the Huffington Post reports.
“If, in fact, IRS personnel engaged in the kind of practices that have been reported on,” Obama said in a press conference on Monday, “Â and were intentionally targeting conservative groups, then that is outrageous, and there is no place for it, and they have to be held fully accountable, because the IRS as an independent agency requires absolute integrity and people have to have confidence that they are applying the laws in a non-partisan way. You should feel that way regardless of party.”
“”But I have got no patience with it,” Obama continued. “I will not tolerate it, and we will make sure that we find out exactly what happened on this.”
Read more and watch video of press conferenceÂ here.