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Former Commissioner: 'I Can't Say That I Know' How IRS Targeted Conservatives

Pleads ignorance.

11:16 AM, May 21, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
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Testifying today on Capitol Hill, Douglas Shulman, the former IRS commissioner, says he "can't say" how the targeting of conservatives by the agency he once led happened: 

A senator asks, "If you could just very quickly, in a nutshell, bottom-line: How did this happen?"

"Mr. Chairman," Shulman says, "I can't say that I know that answer."

"But you were commissioner," says the senator.

"I'm six months out of," Shulman started. 

The senator insisted that the former IRS must have "some idea about this." But Shulman insisted, "I'm six months out of office. When I left the IG was looking into this to gather all of the facts. I've now had the benefit of reading the report, and that's the full accounting of facts that I have at this point, and so I don't think I can answer that question."

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