Obama: IRS Political Targeting "Outrageous" If True

Promises "accountability"


As lawmakers in Washington react to allegations that the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) regularly targeted conservative groups when reviewing their requests for tax-exempt status, President Obama on Monday vowed to find out "exactly what happened" at the IRS during the period under scrutiny—and vowed that any wrongdoers would be held "fully accountable" if found to be operating "in anything less than a neutral and non-partisan way."

Mr. Obama, speaking at a joint press availability with British Prime Minister David Cameron, said he first learned about the allegations last Friday, reading about them in "the same news reports that I think most people" did.