Acting IRS head resigns over scandal

Miller, a 25-year veteran of the IRS, became the first official to lose his job in the uproar over the agency’s actions, which have consumed Washington and the Obama administration since they were revealed last week.

“It’s important to institute new leadership that can help restore confidence going forward,” Obama said in a short statement at the White House. The president said he has urged Lew to quickly implement recommendations from a Treasury audit, and vowed that the White House would work closely with Congress as it investigates the matter.

In a resignation letter released by the IRS, Miller told his colleagues he would stay on the job until next month. Top Republicans had said that Miller, who found out about the targeting in May 2012, had misled them about the IRS’s actions.

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