By Erik Wasson - 05/16/13 03:14 PM EDT
Bachmann, speaking after a news conference with Tea Party groups targeted for increased scrutiny by the IRS, said that a complete congressional investigation is the first step.
“This is not one 24-hour news cycle story,” she said.
Bachmann said that that Miller’s resignation was just a distraction by President Obama.
“What we saw was again one more canard coming out of the White House,” she said. “He wanted to stop the story because the he had a no good, very bad week.”
The investigation must focus on what the White House knew of the targeting and when it found out, she said.
Rep. Paul Broun (R-Ga.), who is running for a Senate seat, said a special prosecutor should be set up and Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) said it should to be thought about.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) vowed a thorough congressional investigation.
“I guarantee you we will find out everything that happened,” he said.
The investigation will begin Friday with a hearing in the House Ways and Means Committee during which Miller, who was forced to resign Wednesday, will testify.
Outside activists are also hopeful that Congress will press ahead with a special prosecutor.
Jordan Sekulow of the American Center for Law and Justice, who represents more than a dozen Tea Party groups preparing to sue the IRS, said that those organizations could only proceed on the civil side.
“Criminals got to be the government,” Sekulow told The Hill.
This story was updated at 11:40 a.m.