IRS Corruption: Depends on What the Meaning of "Corruption" Is

Carol Platt Liebau

2/3/2014 4:17:00 PM - Carol Platt Liebau

In his interview last night with Fox News' Bill O'Reilly, the President insisted that there hadn't been even a "smidgen" of corruption in the IRS targeting of conservative groups. The problem, of course, is that -- conveniently enough -- he simply doesn't have enough information to know whether that's the case.

There are several big issues in the scandal that remain unaddressed, including the facts that:

Cleta Mitchell -- a well-respected Washington attorney representing many of the targeted groups, reacted to the President's comments in an interview with the Wall Street Journal's Mary Kissel:

Just as setting a tone for one's administration makes it easy for "deniable" dirty work to be performed, refusing to learn the facts makes it easy to assert that there are no facts worth knowing.