White House Press Secretary Jay Carney today pronounced Republican efforts to find political influence behind the IRS targeting of conservative groups dead and buried.
“Attempts to turn this into a scandal have failed,” said Carney. “What some in Congress have failed to do is provide any evidence – because there is none – that that activity was directed by the White House or was even partisan or political.”
Carney added: “That doesn’t excuse the conduct – it means we have to address poor performance.”
Carney’s blanket assertion comes just as some would say the scandal is getting more interesting, with IRS employees recently implicating Treasury Counsel William Wilkins during testimony on Capitol Hill. Wilkins is one of only two officials at the agency who are presidential political appointees.