Report: Internal IRS investigation found conservative abuse in May 2012

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A year ago, an Internal Revenue Service internal review concluded that conservative groups seeking tax-exempt status were being excessively targeted by the agency.

The Washington Post reported Tuesday that IRS officials revealed the findings of the internal review to congressional investigators last Monday.

IRS senior technical advisor Nancy Marks led the investigation, the Post reports, under the direction of then-deputy commissioner Steven Miller.

Marks presented her findings in May of 2012, telling IRS officials “the investigation had found significant problems in the review process and a substantial bias against conservative groups,” according to the Post.

The news further upsets the Obama administration’s claims of ignorance about the abuses.

White House spokesman Jay Carney admitted to reporters yesterday that senior White House officials had learned about the inspector general’s investigation into the matter several weeks ago.

Nobody told the president, Carney said.

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