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Myers: Reason to Believe IRS Scandal Was Broader Than Just Frontline IRS Employees

• May 17, 2013 7:32 am

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NBC investigative correspondent Lisa Myers said there was reason to believe the IRS scandal is broader than just frontline employees Friday on "Morning Joe."

Myers evidenced her suspicion by noting there were a series of mid level managers working their way "up the totem pole" who must have known about the targeting while it was occurring and yet did not come forward:

JOE SCARBOROUGH: You know what we don't understand, Lisa, reading all these articles, why is it the president fired somebody who really was on the periphery at best of this scandal, if that's what you call it when it broke, and the person who was in charge has been actually been promoted to the most important political position in the IRS, which is — because we had Newt Gingrich earlier this week saying if you can't trust the IRS to do basic things, how can we trust them to take care of your healthcare? Well, even Newt Gingrich and the other Republicans that were talking this line early in the week, had no idea that the person in the IRS that conducted these political some would say witchhunts is now the person in the IRS that's going to be in the middle of this healthcare battle?

LISA MYERS: Well, you remove the commissioner because he's the guy at the top. He is the guy responsible. He's known and he didn't tell anyone, allegedly. I don't think this woman is going to be, who's now in charge of implementing Obamacare, is going to stay in that job for very long, now that this has been revealed. There is a broader question here. Even if you believe that this targeting was basically carried out by frontline employees in the Cincinnati office, and there's a lot of reason to believe it was much broader than that, if you do, you look at the timeline and the series of middle managers working their way up the totem pole, learned that this had happened and was going on. Yet, they see their agency deny it to Congress. No one came forward as a whistle blower. So many people knew this had happened and no one had the integrity to come forward and correct the record and so you have to worry about the entire culture, I think, and integrity of the IRS.