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“I can’t say for certain that there was an intent to infiltrate or discredit,” said Dan Horsp, 65, a Republican from South St. Paul.
The White House has acknowledged that senior officials were aware of an inspector general’s report on the improper targeting weeks before it was revealed, but opted not to tell Obama.
Said Erickson, the Bloomington independent: “Most people do not trust government. But, let’s face it, the guy at the top is not going to get blamed.”
Lawmakers have been pressing for answers for weeks as to when senior officials at the Treasury Department and White House first learned about the IRS’ activities and what they did to stop it.
The acting commissioner has resigned and the head of the IRS office that improperly targeted the conservative groups has been replaced.
Republican Violet Dorumsgaard, 73, of New Brighton, said Obama took action on the IRS scandal only because “the Republicans got after him.”
She said the administration’s fumbling of this scandal and others has shaken her trust in government, especially the White House. In addition to the IRS controversy, the Justice Department’s seizure of reporters’ phone records and top secret surveillance programs have kept the White House on their heels for more than a month.
Some Minnesotans are wearying of the seemingly perpetual swirl of controversies in Washington.
“There’s so much evidence of people pointing fingers to this direction or that direction and nothing ever seems to come of it,” said Horsp, the South St. Paul Republican.
Corey Mitchell is a correspondent in the Star Tribune Washington Bureau. • Twitter: @C_C_Mitchell