Obama:

“I first learned about this from the same news reports that I think most people learned about this,” Obama began. “This is pretty straightforward. If, in fact, IRS personnel engaged in the kind of practices that have been reported on and were intentionally targeting conservative groups, then that’s outrageous.”

“And they have to be held fully accountable, because the IRS as an independent agency requires absolute integrity and people have to have confidence that they’re applying it in a nonpartisan way — applying the laws in a nonpartisan way,” Obama continued.

“You should feel that way regardless of party — I don’t care whether you’re a Democrat, independent, or Republican,” the president added. He said that the perception that the IRS is biased is something people should be “properly concerned about.”

“I can tell you that if you’ve got the IRS operating in anything less than a neutral and nonpartisan way, then that is outrageous, it is contrary to our traditions, and people have to be held accountable and it’s got to be fixed,” Obama concluded.

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