Miller: On second thought, the Q&A dodge was my idea

posted at 8:41 am on May 22, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

We didn’t get to this yesterday, but this moment from IRS Commissioner Steve Miller in his testimony — this time to a Senate committee — should be noted.  Recall that when Miller testified last Friday to the House Ways and Means Committee, he was asked who at the IRS had the bright idea to set up a planted question at a Bar Association function for Lois Lerner as a strategy for admitting culpability for targeting conservatives, to which Miller expressed considerable fuzziness on the origin of this strategy (via Legal Insurrection):

Miller didn’t actually deny that he set the whole thing up, but notice that he didn’t volunteer at any time that it was his idea all along.  Yesterday, however, he finally confessed to it (via Guy Benson):

Be sure to watch Peter Roskam in the second video taking Miller to task for not disclosing information sooner to Congress about IRS targeting.  They had asked him and Douglas Shulman in earlier testimony about complaints Congress had received from constituents, and had been told nothing of the sort had been going on.  Didn’t Miller have a duty to immediately disclose that targeting had been taking place once he found out about it?  Miller told Roskam, “No, I don’t think so” — arguing that because he didn’t have all the facts that he didn’t have an obligation to inform Congress of any of them.

Put aside that this doctrine is awfully convenient for bureaucrats in dealing with Congress (“I didn’t have every last fact so I have no duty to inform Congress of anything!”).  Roskam certainly had all of the facts about whose idea the “plant” strategy was.  Why didn’t he inform the House of his full involvement in it last Friday?  I’d bet Roskam would like another round with Miller to get more answers on that point, especially after Miller’s smirking arrogance in the first round, which must be seen to be believed.

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