Elspeth Reeve
May 17, 2013

The IRS official who revealed the IRS had inappropriately targeted conservative groups on Friday did so on purpose — by asking a tax lawyer to ask her about it at American Bar Association tax section’s annual meeting.

Tax lawyer Celia Roady issued a statement, posted by Talking Points Memo, saying that the IRS’s Lois Lerner asked called her before the meeting and “asked if I would pose a question to her after her remarks.” Roady agreed, and said Lerner “did not tell me, and I did not know, how she would answer the question.” In congressional testimony on Friday, the now-fired-then-acting IRS commissioner Steve Miller said he’d discussed it with Lerner and thought it “may be a good idea to talk to the public.”

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