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Obama will ‘not tolerate’ political targeting by IRS

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“If you've got the IRS operating in anything less than a neutral and nonpartisan way than that is outrageous, it is contradictory to our traditions, and people have to be held accountable,” Obama said at a joint press conference with British Prime Minister David Cameron.

Obama said he had first learned that employees of the federal tax agency had targeted conservative groups when news reports emerged on Friday.

“This is pretty straightforward,” Obama said. “If in fact its personnel engaged in the type of practices that have been reported, and have been intentionally targeting conservative groups, then that's outrageous.”

The president said that concern over the neutrality of the agency should exist “regardless of party.”

“I have no patience with it, I will not tolerate it,” Obama said.

Obama's comments came just a day after Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) expressed disappointment that the president “hasn't personally condemned this.” She told CNN that Obama “needs to make crystal clear that this is totally unacceptable.”

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