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CBSNEWS.com – Though the agency insisted Friday no high-level employees were aware of the targeting, a draft which surfaced over the weekend of an inspector general’s report due to be released this week revealed that Lois Lerner — an IRS official in charge of oversight of tax-exempt groups — knew about it as early as June 2011.
Lerner allegedly became aware of the targeting during a meeting two summers ago — 10 months before penning an April 2012 letter to House Oversight Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., assuring him the rigorous scrutiny some conservative groups had complained about was “in the ordinary course of the application process” for nonprofit groups seeking tax exemption.
One month earlier, in March 2012, then-IRS Commissioner Douglas Shulman told a congressional panel: “There’s absolutely no targeting.”
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