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Did IRS target conservative groups?

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There are calls this morning for an independent prosecutor to look into whether the IRS singled out conservative groups for extra scrutiny.

That's against the law.

This all happened leading up to the 2012 election which is why some of those targeted insist it's was politically motivated.

A draft report from the Inspector General of Tax Administration says low-level IRS employees in Cincinnati singled out some 300 conservative groups identifying themselves as "patriots" or "tea party." "It's politically motivated, plain and simple," said Tea Party Activist Tammy Blair.

"This is not Republican. It's not Democrat. It's wrong to do," said Jenny Beth Martin of the Tea Party Patriots.

The President agreed. "I've got no patience with it. I will not tolerate it. And we'll make sure that we find out exactly what happened on this," declared President Barack Obama.

"I don't frankly trust the administration to do its own investigation. To have legitimacy, Congress needs to conduct its own investigation," said Senator Susan Collins, (R) Maine.

Tea Party leaders want an independent prosecutor. "We want it to be something that's non-partisan. We want to make sure that the Republicans are kept honest too," said Teri Adams, President, Independence Hall Tea Party Association.

The Inspector General's draft report shows the top lawyer at the IRS was briefed on the investigation two years ago. The White House insists it first learned late last month.

Congress got a closed briefing Monday. "Heads really should roll. This is very serious," said Senator Susan Collins, (R) Maine.

The acting IRS Commissioner and the Inspector General writing the report testify at a house hearing Friday.

Florida senator Marco Rubio is calling on the IRS commissioner to resign, and introduced a bill that would require the government to fire any IRS employee who willfully violates taxpayer rights.

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