by Wynton Hall 3 Jun 2013, 4:50 AM PDT
An unnamed senior Cincinnati Internal Revenue Service (IRS) agent was so uncomfortable with the IRS’s political targeting of conservative groups that in July 2010 he or she applied for another job.
“It was the whole tea party,” said the senior agent. “It was the whole picture. I mean, it was micromanagement. The fact that the subject area was extremely sensitive and it was something that I didn’t want to be associated with.”
The senior IRS agent tells the Daily Mail that the IRS’s attempts to scapegoat two “rogue agents” as being responsible for the widening scandal are precisely why they did not want to work for the IRS any longer.
“I mean, rogue agent? Even though I was taking all my direction from EO Technical [the Exempt Organizations technical office in Washington, D.C.], I didn’t want my name in the paper for being this rogue agent for a project I had no control over.”
The revelation is just the latest in a scandal that promises to expand this week. An IRS expenditures report set for release on Tuesday reportedly will show that from 2010 to 2012, the embattled tax agency spent $50 million of taxpayer money on lavish conferences where IRS agents stayed in presidential suites at a rate of $1,500 to $3,500 a night.