Billionaire businessman Donald Trump said on Friday that President Barack Obama needed to “start chopping and chopping strong” at the IRS to restore credibility to the beleaguered agency after revelations that it targeted conservative groups.
“You have to start firing immediately — and you have to start replacing with really talented people,” Trump told Neil Cavuto on Fox News. “If he doesn’t, this is going to get worse and worse.”
On Friday, the House Ways and Means Committee grilled former IRS Acting Commissioner Steven Miller, who was ousted this week after the agency admitted to singling out conservative groups with the words “tea party” or “patriot” in their names for extra scrutiny in reviewing their applications for tax-exempt status.
“I want to apologize on behalf of the Internal Revenue Service for the mistakes that we made and the poor service we provided,” Miller said, amid heavy criticism by lawmakers from both parties. “The affected organizations and the American public deserve better.
“Partisanship and even the perception of partisanship have no place at the Internal Revenue Service,” Miller said.
Trump told Cavuto that the IRS scandal was the worst of the three currently facing the Obama White House.
The others include the deaths of four Americans at the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi last Sept. 11, and the Justice Department secretly obtaining the telephone records of reporters and editors of The Associated Press.
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