Rep. Griffin Ready To Ask Tough Questions Of IRS Official

May 16, 2013

Congressman Tim Griffin of Arkansas will be among lawmakers with key questions Friday for the top Internal Revenue Service official who resigned this week amid a scandal over heightened scrutiny of conservative groups.

Former acting Commissioner Steven Miller is to testify before the House Ways and Means Committee. Griffin, a Republican from Little Rock, is a member of the committee.

“There are a lot of facts yet to be determined and a lot of questions that folks are going to have about who knew what and when did they know it and what actions were taken. I think this is just the beginning of getting to the bottom of this,” Griffin said.

Miller resigned Wednesday after President Obama demanded he step down. That was followed Thursday by news that the head of the agency’s tax exempt and government entities division will retire next month.

In an interview with KUAR News, Griffin said he’s not going to prejudge the situation.

“I think before we can determine what should happen, in terms of who gets fired and potentially prosecuted, depending on the facts, we’ve got to figure out exactly what happened.”

Meanwhile the FBI is investigating whether civil rights were violated by the IRS singling out conservative groups for extra scrutiny.