Tax Men - The IRS

  • Aired:  05/22/13
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The Senate Finance Committee grills former IRS commissioners over the targeting of conservative groups. (3:42)

>> Jon: WELCOME TO THE THE

"DAILY SHOW."

MY NAME IS JON STEWART.

WE'VE GOT ONE FOR YOU TONIGHT,

MY FRIENDS.

THIS IS GOING TO BE A GOOD ONE,

MY GUEST TONIGHT, MY BEST FRIEND

IN THE ENTIRE WORLD.

( LAUGHTER )

BILL O'REILLY.

EVEN THOUGH PEOPLE FROM THE

NETHERLANDS DON'T UNDERSTAND OUR

LOVE, THEY DON'T UNDERSTAND US.

( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ).

I'M FROM SWITZERLAND.

HOW CAN YOU BE NEUTRAL ABOUT

HIM?

( LAUGHTER )

YESTERDAY, BUSY DAY ON CAPITOL

HILL.

STARTING WITH THE SENATE FINANCE

COMMITTEE GRILLING OF FORMER

I.R.S. COMMISSIONER SCHULMAN AND

MILLER ABOUT ALLEGED TARGETING

OF GROUPS APPLYING FOR 501(c)4

STATUS.

>> I REGRET THAT HAPPENED ON MY

WATCH.

>> Jon: THAT WAS IN STARK

CONTRAST TO THAT MAN'S PREVIOUS

APPEARANCE BEFORE CONGRESS.

>> YES, I CAN GIVE YOU

ASSURANCES THERE'S ABSOLUTE NO

TARGETING.

>>TARGETING.

>> Jon: AND OF COURSE BY

"NO" I MEAN LOTS.

YOU KNOW, IT'S LIKE WHEN KIDS

SAY SOMETHING'S BAD BUT THEY

REALLY MEAN IT'S GOOD.

AND WHEN THEY SAY SOMETHING'S

PHAT-- WHICH I REALLY DON'T KNOW

ACTUALLY WHAT THAT MEANS, BUT

ANYWAY.

AT THIS HEARING, WE WOULD

FINALLY GET THE DETAILS OF HOW

THESE GROUPS WERE TARGETED AND

WHO WAS RESPONSIBLE.

I WANT A FULL ACCOUNTING.

>> I WAS UNAWARE, I BELIEVE, AT

THE TIME, THAT IT HAD HAPPENED.

>> WHEN SOMEONE SPOTTED IT, THEY

SHOULD HAVE RUN UP THE CHAIN,

AND THEY DIDN'T.

>> I DON'T KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT

THAT.

>> I DIDN'T KNOW AT THAT TIME.

>> I AM NOT AWARE OF THAT.

>> DON'T KNOW.

>> I DON'T KNOW.

>> I HAVE NO MEMORY OF ANYONE

DOING THAT.

I DID NOT KNOW THAT.

I'M NOT PERSONALLY RESPONSIBLE.

>> Jon: I-- I SHOW UP TO

WORK DRUNK.

I DON'T KNOW HOW TO READ.

I'M ONLY HERE BECAUSE I WON A

RADIO CONTEST.

( LAUGHTER )

DOES ANYONE HERE KNOW WHAT THE

HELL HAPPENED?

>> MY NAME IS LOIS LERNER, AND

I'M THE DIRECTOR OF THE EXEMPT

ORGANIZATIONS AT THE INTERNAL

REVENUE SERVICE.

>> Jon: BOOYAH.

( LAUGHTER )

BEAUTIFUL YOU, WERE IN CHARGE OF

THE DIVISION OVERCEASE THESE

501(c)4 APPLICATIONS SO WHAT

DO YOU HAVE TO SAY?

WHAT HAPPENED?

>> I HAVE NOT DONE ANYTHING

WRONG.

I HAVE NOT BROKEN ANY LAWS.

>> Jon: WHO SAID ANYTHING

ABOUT BREAKING LAWS.

( LAUGHTER )

WE WERE JUST-- NO ONE'S ACCUSING

YOU.

WE JUST WANT TO KNOW WHAT

HAPPENED.

>> I'VE DECIDED TO FOLLOW MY

COUNSEL'S ADVICE AND NOT TESTIFY

OR ANSWER ANY OF THE QUESTIONS

TODAY.

>> HER NAME IS LOIS LERNER.

SHE ANNOUNCES THAT SHE'S

INVOKING HER FIFTH AMENDMENT

RIGHT.

>> Jon: HER FIFTH AMENDMENT

RIGHT!

OH, MY GOD.

SHE'S GOING TO START QUARTERING

SOLDIERS IN HER HOME WITHOUT

PERMISSION.

HOLD ON A SECOND... SHE'S GOING

TO-- OH, SHE'S GIVING HER SLAVES

BACK.

THAT'S NOT RIGHT!

SHE'S REPEALING PROHIBITION?

SHE'S-- NO, WAIT.

SHE'S INVOKING THE RIGHT TO NOT

INCRIMINATE HERSELF.

SO NOTHING FROM HER.

FINE.

WE DON'T NEED YOU.

THE HOUSE WAYS AND MEANS

COMMITTEE SENT THE I.R.S. A

LETTER DEMANDING ALL ITS

SCANDAL-RELATED PAPERWORK BY MAY

21, AND TODAY IS MAY 20-- MORE

THAN THAT.

SO RIGHT NOW, THEY'RE PROBABLY

GOING THROUGH THOSE PAPERS AND

THEN-- I'M SORRY WHAT'S THAT?

THEY DIDN'T SEND IT?

THE I.R.S. DIDN'T SEND IT IN?

SO THE I.R.S. MISSED THEIR

FILING DEADLINE.

IS THAT WHAT W

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