By Peter Schroeder - 05/12/13 03:25 PM EDT
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is not being sincere in its apology for targeting Tea Party Groups, according to House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.)
Issa accused the IRS of leaking a watchdog report examining the agency's decision to identify conservative tax-exempt groups for additional scrutiny, before its official release, in an effort to spin its findings.
"One of the most offensive parts is…before the IG's report comes to the public…it's leaked by the IRS to try to spin the output," he said on NBC's "Meet the Press." "This mea culpa's not an honest one."
A report on the matter from the Treasury watchdog overseeing the IRS is set to be made public this week.
But a leaked draft report was obtained by the Associated Press Saturday. The AP said the report found that senior IRS officials were aware of the targeting as early as 2011.
"They used key words to go after conservatives," said Issa. "This is something where you have to institute changes to make sure it doesn't happen again.
"There's got to be accountability," he added.